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ISRA Action Alert - Summary:

File Witness Slips NOW Through Tuesday 11:00 am Against SB1657, Illinois Gun Dealer Licensing.

Last month you were also asked to submit a witness slip against this bill, but that was when the bill was in the Senate. This is for a HOUSE hearing. So please submit a slip again, opposing this bill in the next hearing.

Also, please call your Illinois State Representative and politely remind the person that answers the phone that you are urging your representative not to support Illinois Gun Dealer Licensing, SB1657.


This is the Senate version of the legislation that would force your favorite gun store to close under a mountain of new regulations. This bill will affect your ability to buy firearms or ammunition in Illinois. Never mind the weight of all the federal regulations that gun dealers and gun owners must deal with, your retailer and you will have more Illinois regulations and fees now too.

Remember that the anti-gunners have tried repeatedly to force suburban firearms retailers to close by suing them, only to have those suits tossed out. They have tried to sue the towns that the stores are located in, only to have those suits dismissed as well. Now they are attempting to change the law of the land, at least in Illinois, and make gun stores do business *their* way, which is no business at all.

Senate Floor Amendment #1, SFA1, changed the nature of Illinois Gun Dealer Licensing by giving preferential treatment to Big Box retailers that sell firearms, by not requiring them to have the new license. It also caused a lot of noise and an attempted division among gun owners and manufacturers. Stand united, oppose this bill.

The bill as amended passed out of the Senate on a 30-21 vote and is now headed to a committee hearing in the Illinois House of Representatives. Your continued action is needed against SB1657, make your voice be heard by submitting a witness slip against this bill in this committee hearing:

House: Judiciary Criminal Committee Hearing - 11:00 am on May 16, 2017 SB1657 Willis - GUN DEALER LICENSING

How to create your witness slip:

If you have an account already at, go there and login now. If you do not have an account, you are encouraged to do so, to make it easier to fill in witness slips in the future.

At this point, logged in or not, you click on this link to create your witness slip: ...

If you are logged in, you get to skip to step III.

I. IDENTIFICATION: Enter your personal information. Enter "NA" for the Firm/Business or Agency and Title fields unless you are officially representing an organization.

II. REPRESENTATION: Enter "Myself" unless representing an organization.

III. POSITION: Indicate your position by selecting the "Opponent" radio button.

IV. TESTIMONY: Select the "Record of Appearance Only" radio button.

If filing without a login, complete the Captcha challenge and agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement.

Then click "Create Slip."

Afterwards, you can track witness slip activity for this bill/hearing: click here.

Contact your State Representaive and politely tell him/her that you are a law-abiding gun owner and that you expect them to vote against SB1657 even if it is amended. To verify who your State Resresentative is, use the lookup apps available at the Illinois State Board of Elections website. (click here) Even if you prefer email, also contact them at their Springfield and district offices. Email can be ignored, but phones must be answered. Remember, the person who answers the phone is usually a state employee reporting to the legislator, and is just doing their job.

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