Dear Representative Kathleen Willis:
As a law-abiding Illinois gun owner and your constituent, I respectfully urge you to oppose Senate Bill 1657.
Senate Bill 1657 would create onerous mandatory regulations, fees and costs potentially in the thousands of dollars and excessive amounts of red tape that would almost assuredly force the closure of many firearm dealers, and prevent prospective owners from opening new ones. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) already licenses and closely monitors all federally licensed firearm dealers (FFLs) and strictly enforces any violation of federal law.
Again, I urge you to oppose Senate Bill 1657!
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Your message arguing against common-sense gun regulation came just days before 26 people were slaughtered at a church by gun violence. In any other country on earth, this would be a national tragedy, because most countries on earth regulate firearms in a sensible way. In America, it's just another day in the life, where anyone and everyone has to fear being massacred by gun violence in any public space they enter.
You base this message on the idea that "Criminals and Terrorists do not purchase their firearms legally from gun stores." This sentence is absolutely false. Just one month ago, the worst mass shooting in our history was perpetrated by a man wielding legally purchased firearms. It comes one year after the previous worst mass shooting in American history, once again perpetrated by a man with legally purchased weapons.
The City of Chicago just released its "gun trace report". More than half of the guns recovered at crime scenes over the past 4 years have been purchased legally. More than 20% were purchased in Indiana, a state with extremely lax gun laws.
Just a few months ago, Congressman Steve Scalise and several others were shot on a baseball field with legally purchased weapons: http://abcnews.go.co...ory?id=48055331
In 2016, 3 police officers were killed in Baton Rouge with a legally purchased weapon: http://www.kansascit...e159145529.html
In 2016, 5 police officers were killed walking in a parade in Dallas with a legally purchased weapon: http://www.foxnews.c...ns-legally.html
In 2016, 6 people were killed in a Kalamazoo parking lot by a shooter with a legally purchased weapon: http://www.cnn.com/2...ings/index.html
In 2016, 9 people were killed in a church in South Carolina with a legally purchased weapon: http://www.newsweek....-legally-345994
In 2015, 14 people were killed by a shooter at the Inland Regional Center in California with legally purchased weapons: https://www.cbsnews....bought-legally/
In 2014, 5 people were killed a Washington high school by a shooter with a legally purchased weapon: http://www.foxnews.c...xt-message.html
In 2013, 6 people were killed in an apartment complex with a legally purchased weapon: https://www.washingt...m=.0cdc2a0323d0
There's many, many more examples. In 2016 alone, guns killed over 38,000 people. No one gun law will prevent every shooting, but we know there are proven solutions that are effective at reducing gun violence. We can, and must, implement policies that will make our communities safer.
If all you are willing to do about this epidemic is offer "thoughts and prayers" for the victims, I hope you're prepared to keep offering thoughts and prayers for the new victims we'll continue to see every few months. I would rather try to save their lives by making it more difficult for these weapons of war to be legally purchased and used to massacre civilians. Most of these killings are by legally purchased weapons, and we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there are policy solutions to help stem this tide. I'm going to pursue them.