They Said They Knew!
They said they knew. They told us Representative Willis' Gun Dealer Licensing law would have no effect on the number of gun shops in Illinois. They were certain the cost of their state licensing law could be easily borne by FFL's.
They had no clue.
They never admitted that Gun Dealer Licensing would be responsible for closing roughly half of all gun shops in Illinois. They never considered the impact their law would have on over 1,200 small business owners in this state – husbands and wives, children trying to continue the family business – 1,200 gun shops that have been forced to close forever.
They never saw coming the fiasco Gun Dealer Licensing has become.
They were blind to the fact that the Illinois State Police simply can't implement the law in a timely or in a remotely understandable manner.
Yet, now they ask us to believe they know best with Representative Willis' latest fiasco waiting to happen - “Fix the FOID”.
We are told we must accept a higher annual cost to purchase our rights back from them. We are expected to bear the hundreds of dollars cost of being fingerprinted. They tell us that increasing the cost of acquiring and keeping a FOID card from $10 to hundreds of dollars will have no impact on those in financial need. They expect us to believe that requiring fingerprints will have no impact on rural FOID card holders who have limited access to fingerprint facilities. They insist that their Fix the FOID scheme won't turn millions of Illinois residents into felons overnight, all because of administrative changes that were meant to have no affect but, in reality, will make it nearly impossible to exercise our rights in this state.
They tell us that eliminating private sales, that requiring all transfers go through an FFL after closing one half of Illinois' FFL's, will not be a problem.
They still have no clue.
The 2019 Fall Veto Session begins today, October 28. Join us as we continue to fight all infringements on our Second Amendment rights. This can't be done without you.