A controversial gun regulation was advanced on March 14 over the objections of State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).
“As part of my duties on the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, I was assigned to the Firearms Subcommittee. In that role, I am the only voice against legislative proposals that seek to erode our Second Amendment rights,” Schimpf said, noting the proposal will next be heard before the full committee.
Senator Schimpf spoke in strong opposition to Senate Bill 1657, which would require that all sales of 10 or more firearms during the course of a calendar year be licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
The Senator stressed that this extra regulation is unnecessary, pointing out that the Federal Firearms License (FFL) is the standard for all legally-operated firearms establishments across the nation. That licensure process is already regulated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF).
“Senate Bill 1657 is a clear infringement on the rights of law-abiding Illinois citizens and their right to purchase and sell firearms legally,” Schimpf concluded.
The Senator is also co-sponsoring a number of pro-gun legislative measures: Senate Bills 1301, 1302, 1303, 1324, 1325, 1423, 1512, 1514, 1515, 1524, 1665, 2054, and 2055.