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File #: 16-2302    Version: Name: SUPPORTING ILLINOIS SENATE BILL 1883 AND ILLINOIS HOUSE BILL 3422, THE GUN DEALER & AMMUNITION SELLER ACT
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
File created: 3/17/2016 In control: Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee
On agenda: 3/23/2016 Final action: 11/21/2018
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION SUBSTITUTE TO FILE 16-2302 (6-7-2016) SUPPORTING AMENDMENT 7 TO ILLINOIS HOUSE BILL 1016, THE GUN DEALER & AMMUNITION SELLER ACT WHEREAS, on average 1,000 people die each year from gunshot wounds in our state. The gun death toll in Illinois in 2013 included 576 homicides and 496 suicides; and WHEREAS, guns are used in over 70% of all homicides in Illinois; and WHEREAS, the price of one gun homicide costs an average of $441,000 in direct costs (including law enforcement, medical expenses, court costs, and prison), of which 87% is paid by taxpayers; and WHEREAS, each gun death averages about $6 million in total costs, including both direct and indirect costs; and WHEREAS, Chicago police officers recover more than twice the number of crime guns per capita than in Los Angeles, and more than seven times than in New York City; and WHEREAS, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives ("ATF") almost all the guns recovered ...
Sponsors: LARRY SUFFREDIN
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

SUBSTITUTE TO FILE 16-2302 (6-7-2016)

SUPPORTING AMENDMENT 7 TO ILLINOIS HOUSE BILL 1016, THE GUN DEALER & AMMUNITION SELLER ACT

WHEREAS, on average 1,000 people die each year from gunshot wounds in our state. The gun death toll in Illinois in 2013 included 576 homicides and 496 suicides; and

WHEREAS, guns are used in over 70% of all homicides in Illinois; and

WHEREAS, the price of one gun homicide costs an average of $441,000 in direct costs (including law enforcement, medical expenses, court costs, and prison), of which 87% is paid by taxpayers; and

WHEREAS, each gun death averages about $6 million in total costs, including both direct and indirect costs; and

WHEREAS, Chicago police officers recover more than twice the number of crime guns per capita than in Los Angeles, and more than seven times than in New York City; and

WHEREAS, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives ("ATF") almost all the guns recovered after being used in crimes were originally sold by retail dealers; and

WHEREAS, corrupt gun dealers represent a major source of illegally trafficked firearms, making oversight of dealers critical; and

WHEREAS, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives ("ATF") estimates that almost all guns used in crimes were originally sold by retail dealers; and

WHEREAS, between 2009 and 2013, four particular gun dealers, each located a short drive outside of Chicago, supplied 20% of all guns recovered from Chicago crime scenes; and

WHEREAS, firearms dealers are subject to very little federal oversight, and on average, are only inspected once a decade. ATF lacks the resources and authority to monitor the 138,000 gun dealers, manufacturers, collectors and others that it licenses; and

WHEREAS, lack of oversight makes it far too easy for gun dealers to turn a blind eye to "straw purchasers," and other traffickers who fill out the paperwork and undergo background ch...

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