Several gun shops in Central and Southern Illinois have decided to close up shop on the heels of a group of new anti-gun laws being put into effect by the far left, Democrat-controlled state legislature rather than fight to stay open.
Newly elected Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Gun Dealer Licensing Act as one of his first acts in office. It was a bill that former Gov. Bruce Rauner steadfastly refused to sign because he felt it was too much of a burden on legal gun dealers and would not do a thing to stop illegal gun sales.
Naturally, Pritzker obeyed his Democrat bosses and signed it right away claiming that it will help limit so-called “straw purchases” of guns.
“The reason for it is to deter straw purchases so that we can prevent someone from buying a gun for someone else who is not legally allowed to own a gun,” Gov. Pritzker said during the signing ceremony.
But, according to the Washington Free Beacon, the previous gov. was more correct than the new one.
Already, several gun dealers are closing up shop because the new law is forcing them out of business.
Jim Barnard, 69, couldn’t see a way to afford the cost of compliance with the new law. After more than four decades of operation, the owner of Fishman’s Sporting Goods in Girard had to make a tough decision.
“I’m just going to retire, I guess,” he said. “I hope that I can live off of what I’ve saved over the years.”
He made the decision to close his business in late January.
Mick Moore made the same decision for Walnut Creek Shooters Supply in Brownstown after seeing not only the cost of the license and the camera system, but also the uncertainty additional regulations and more fees.
“It’s just not worth it,” Moore added.
John Washburn of Bear Arms, another shop near Barnard’s store, also said he is thinking hard about throwing in the towel.
“We’ll just have to wait and see, but there’s probably a chance that I’m just going to get out of it,” Washburn said. “It’s because of the requirements.”
This is what we can expect from every left-wing state, folks. They will continue legislating our constitutional rights away with impunity.
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