Alright folks, it was a long time coming but I'm finally up and running my home based FFL business. I am about to do my first 2 transfers this week (pending background checks of course)
I have set up relationships with a few distributors also to do "per request" (non-inventory) sales. Unfortunately some distributors will not work with me because I live on the Cook County side of Bartlett. Distributors such as Palmetto State Armory will not do business with me because of Cook County's anti 2A "Assault Weapon" ban.
I work part time at Cabela's and they are also in Cook County, but Hoffman Estates is a Home Rule village and they have verbiage in their codes that Cook County's ban does not apply to them.
I spoke to a Deputy Chief in the Bartlett Police department and he said that when the county ban went into effect in 2018, the village said they would not put anything in their codes banning any weapons. In effect, they are not against ARs.
But this apparently is not enough, it needs to be codified that Bartlett will not accept Cook County's ban.
I spoke to one of the code officials and they said that it might help if I can get pro 2A groups behind me to get this verbiage placed into the Bartlett code. The difficult thing is that Bartlett is in 3 different counties, so a small section of Bartlett is in Cook County.
If anyone knows of any pro 2A groups in Bartlett, It might help my case.
This is the section of the Hoffman Estates code that I'm talking about:
"Sec. 8-7-6. - Firearms, airguns and explosive toys.
It is intended that this Section shall pre-empt all Cook County licensing or other regulatory schemes for firearms, and firearms dealers. As provided in Article VII, Section 6(c) of the State of Illinois Constitution of 1970, if a county ordinance conflicts with an ordinance of a municipality, the municipality ordinance shall prevail within its jurisdiction.
It is specifically intended that this Section shall pre-empt the Cook County Firearms Dealer's License Ordinance as now in effect or as may be hereafter amended, and the Cook County Assault Weapons and Assault Ammunition Ban Ordinance as now in effect or as may be hereafter amended.
License Required. No person shall engage in the business of selling, or to commercially sell, loan or give away to any person within the Village, any pistol, revolver, derringer, shotgun, rifle or other weapon of like character without securing a license so to do.
Regulations. The applicant shall comply with all applicable regulations of the Police Department.
(Ord. No. 4238-2011, § 3(Exh. A), 5-2-11)"
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