The Illinois Senate has passed legislation to ensure that the World Shooting Complex in Sparta is able to compete for major events. The bill was co-sponsored by State Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).
“I am grateful to leaders from Southern Illinois who worked to ensure that the World Shooting and Recreational Complex event vendors will not be adversely impacted by gun dealer licensing laws,” said Schimpf. “This legislation will allow the World Shooting Complex to continue to attract top-tier events and help boost the surrounding economy.”
The Gun Dealer Licensing Act, a gun control measure recently passed into law, would have increased costs and administrative burdens for many of the vendors that typically set up during events at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta. These new regulations could have led to national shoots choosing a different venue.
Senate Bill 1139 provides specific exemptions for businesses and firearms sales at events held at the facility.
In addition, the legislation also updates concealed carry regulations and allows current and retired police officers to carry while hunting.
Senate Bill 1139 passed the Illinois Senate on May 31 and is now headed to the governor for his signature.