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November 08, 2017
(NATIONAL) -- There's an interesting opinion piece in today's Chicago Sun-Times. The writer, Toni Preckwinkle is president of the Cook County Board.
She notes that in 2016, 805 lives in Cook County were lost as a result of gun violence and thousands more in Cook County were injured by bullets.
"Combating gun violence is complex and politically charged. Meanwhile, technological advances allow for more access to guns and peripheral devices that make them more lethal," she says.
"It’s impossible to solve for all the contributing factors to our gun violence problem, but perhaps a start is to treat the businesses that sell guns as any other business in the State of Illinois.
In Illinois, we require businesses that sell liquor to be licensed. We require businesses that sell cars to be licensed. If you a business owner who wants to sell tobacco products you’ll need a license. Barbers need licenses. Nail salons need licenses. Real estate agents need licenses. This list goes on.
So why is it that in Illinois, we do not require gun dealerships to be licensed?
The Gun Dealer Licensing Act currently being considered in the Illinois House is designed to hold all gun dealerships in Illinois to the same standards as many other businesses, as well as to gun shops currently operating in good faith.
This bill is not about the right to bear arms, limitations on the types of guns an individual is able to purchase, or a debate on conceal-and-carry. It is about adopting reasonable, sensible and good business practices that will save lives and improve public safety."
That legislation would require background checks for licensees and employees, training on identifying and stopping straw purchasers and how to prevent the theft of guns as well as allowing law enforcement to inspect dealerships and "require rigorous record keeping, including video security and copies of purchasers’ ID or firearms license."
Read the full piece here .