Last week, The Shooter’s Log, reported on gun control groups’ attempts to sue retailers and manufacturers. In this week’s outrage, gun control groups are upping the ante by blaming criminal activity on law-abiding firearm dealers under the guise of “responsible business practices.”
The coalition goes something like this: notable Illinois politicians and former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords have joined gun control groups and community advocates when publicly announcing the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition and the Gun Dealer Licensing Act. This legislation will, among many other things, seek:
- Background checks for the employees of retailers (even though a FOID card is already necessary for employment).
- Create a state mandated training and education for retailers and employees.
- Implement mandated storage of guns at retailers ignoring business specific concerns.
Background Checks for Employees
For those of you that do not live in Illinois, a FOID card (Firearm Owners Identification Card) is issued by the state police after a background check. It is required to possess as little as a single bullet. You cannot walk into a gun shop and handle a gun without first presenting a FOID card. Naturally, every employee is required to have one, but this group thinks that a license to buy a gun (that is essentially what a FOID card is) is not enough. They want to further burden retailers with yet another check—perhaps they believe the state police are incapable or too incompetent to vet people the first time and need to do it twice.
State Mandated Training
We have all filled out a 4473 form. The employees of every store I have ever patronized have been extremely detailed—both in their knowledge of firearms and laws and regulations. Paperwork is checked and double-checked when it is filled out and then twice more after the waiting period has passed and it was time for the pickup. Likewise, I have seen multiple sales rejected because the something about the purchaser did not seem right to the employee. What additional training can the state mandate?
Proper storage of guns at dealerships to prevent theft? Does this have anything to do with retailers at all? Or, is it all about working to outlaw gun shows? Either way, it is an assault on our Second Amendment rights and if successful in one state, it will spread to others.