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May 19, 2017 |
CCRKBA Urges Illinois Gun Owners to Act Quickly on SB 1657

Illinois lawmakers are now considering Senate Bill 1657, a far reaching regulatory scheme aimed at firearms retailers that critics call "dangerous" an attempt to drive gun dealers out of business.

The Illinois House Judiciary Committee has passed SB 1657 earlier this week and it is now on "third reading," which means it could come up for a vote at any moment. This legislation, according to its critics, adds mountains of red tape for Prairie State firearms dealers on top of the regulations already enforced by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms encourages its Illinois members to contact their state representatives about this legislation.

Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, said if the measure passes, it could be in direct conflict with existing state law. He also said it could cost firearms dealers more than $2 million, according to some estimates, and the number of gun retailers in the state could decline dramatically.

To find your lawmaker, visit the Illinois State Rifle Association's website.

With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation's premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the Internet at or by email to

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