CHICAGO – State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is taking a stand to lower the tragic number of gun deaths plaguing Chicago’s South Side by sponsoring an important anti-gun measure that will better regulate gun dealers.
“Every day, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and most tragically helpless children are taken from us, due to people who should never have had guns,” said Stratton. “Residents are being shot and killed in their cars, in playgrounds, and while watching T.V. in their homes. It has to stop.”
Stratton is backing House Bill 2541, which makes it illegal for a dealer to transfer a gun without a license provided by the state. Currently, Illinois law does not require gun dealers to obtain a state license. In addition, Stratton’s legislation would require dealers to undergo training before being eligible for a license, require gun stores to use video surveillance systems and require dealers to make a photo copy of a buyer’s valid photo I.D. card. The legislation would also beef up penalties on gun dealers who skirt the law by making unlicensed sales a misdemeanor for the first offense and a felony for the second offense, punishable by up to three years in prison.
“Lenient rules with gun dealers have led to too many illegal guns flowing into our communities,” Stratton continued. “We need to have the feeling of safety in our communities. We need to feel safe walking the streets. We need to feel safe in our homes. And right now many residents don’t. So we need to do a better job of regulating guns on our streets and stopping them when possible by better regulating gun dealers.”