Support Proposed Rules for New Firearm Dealer License Certification Act

Firearm Dealer License Certification Act

Send a letter to the Illinois State Police stating that you support their proposed rules to implement the new Firearm Dealer License Certification Act (430 ILCS 68).

Background: Last January the Governor signed the Firearm Dealer License Certification Act into law. The Illinois State Police has drafted rules (scroll down this page for long summary) to guide implementation of the law, but the NRA has filed a lawsuit against the rules.

Your letter can simply state that you support the proposed rules, or you can add your own comments about why it’s important to you that retail gun dealers implement safer business practices.

(SAMPLE LETTER – Microsoft Word)

This needs to be done before the end of the public comment period on October 7.

Mail your letter to:

Matthew R. Rentschler
Chief Legal Counsel
Illinois State Police
801 S. 7th Street, Suite 1000-S
Springfield, IL  62703

Or email it to ISP.Rulemaking@illinois.gov

Summary of Proposed Rules

The Department of State Police proposed a new Part which will impact any small business engaging in the sale of firearms:

The DEPARTMENT OF STATE POLICE proposed a new Part titled Firearm Dealer License Certification Act (20 IAC 1232; 43 Ill Reg 9084) implementing Public Act 100-1178, which requires all Illinois holders of a Federal Firearms License (FFL) to additionally receive certification from the State to sell, lease or otherwise transfer firearms. The new Part sets forth the conditions and process for obtaining State certification of an FFL as follows.

Applications
Every FFL licensee shall file with DSP a copy of its FFL, along with a sworn affidavit indicating that the license is currently valid and belongs to the licensee. This State certification must be renewed every 3 years when the FFL is renewed. DSP may, in lieu of requiring an affidavit, verify the validity of an FFL via any authentication system or website approved by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Applicants for certification must also submit an affidavit listing the name and Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID) number of each owner, employee, or other agent who sells or transfers firearms for the licensee and attesting that each of these persons is at least 21 years old, holds a currently valid FOID card and (if a certification is being renewed) has completed the training required by the Firearm Dealer License Certification Act.

Fees
For FFL licensees without a retail location, the application fee is $300 for initial certification and $100 for a renewal certification. For licensees with retail locations, the application fee is $1,500 for initial certification and $500 for renewal.    Total fees for certification of multiple licenses (e.g., retail stores at different locations) to a single applicant cannot exceed $40,000. Initial certification fees for new applicants shall be prorated based on the number of months remaining on the applicant’s current FFL. An overpayment will be credited toward the cost of the licensee’s next renewal or may be refunded to the licensee upon written request.

Inspections
All certified licensees (CLs) must allow inspection of their place of business by DSP and other law enforcement agencies during all hours of operation when firearms are sold, leased or transferred. All records, documents and firearms shall be made accessible upon request of DSP or the LE agency. No more than one unannounced inspection may be conducted per year without good cause. A CL that is not open to the public, does not keep regular business hours or operates by appointment only shall advise DSP in writing of its hours of operation.

Security
No later than 1/2/20, CLs that maintain an inventory of firearms for sale or transfer must be connected to an alarm system or service that notifies local law enforcement of any unauthorized intrusion. This system must include features such as duress/holdup silent alarms and backup electrical power. By 1/2/21, all CLs operating retail locations must have a 24/7 closed circuit video surveillance system in place. The system must monitor all entrances and exits, parking areas, alleys adjacent to the building, and any inside areas (including areas not open to customers) where firearms are stored, displayed, handled, sold or transferred. Cameras must operate in a manner that permits facial recognition of anyone entering or leaving the retail location and that records license plates of vehicles in the parking area. Video recording systems shall be digital, include date and time stamps, and be able to alert the CL of any failure in the system. Security videos must be kept for at least 90 days (longer if needed to investigate a loss/theft of inventory or other incident) and must be backed up offsite via a server or cloud storage.

Records
CLs operating retail locations on or after 1/2/20 must use electronic based recordkeeping for all acquisition and disposition records currently required by federal law. Retail sales and purchases must be recorded within 24 hours after the transaction. Shipments from manufacturers or wholesalers must be recorded within 24 hours after unpacking or 5 business days after shipping, whichever is earlier. Inventory, acquisition and disposition records must be made available to DSP or local law enforcement upon request.

Storage
CLs with retail locations must develop and submit to DSP (using a form and method provided on the Department’s website) their written and detailed plans for safe storage of firearms and ammunition during retail hours, after closing, and in the event of a disaster. Storage procedures must include: keeping all inventoried firearms in a safe, vault, secured room or locked display and in a location accessible only to specifically authorized personnel; insuring that all keys, lock combinations, passwords or other security measures are accessible only to specifically authorized personnel; keeping ammunition stored separately from the firearms inventory and out of the reach of customers; and taking a complete firearms inventory, conducted by at least two persons, at least once per quarter. Any loss, theft or diversion of inventoried firearms from a retail location must be reported to ATF and local law enforcement within 48 hours and a copy of the notification must also be submitted to DSP.

Signage
Each location where a CL conducts business must post two signs (templates are provided in the rule and at DSP’s website). One sign must notify patrons that the premises are under video surveillance and that their images may be recorded. The other sign must advise patrons that the following actions are unlawful: storing or leaving unsecured firearms where children can access them, selling or transferring firearms to someone else without receiving approval from DSP, and failing to report the loss or theft of a firearm to local law enforcement within 72 hours.

Training
Every CL and employees who sell or transfer firearms must complete DSP-approved training prior to certification and annually thereafter. Newly hired employees must complete this training before selling or transferring any firearms or ammunition. The CL must submit an affidavit to DSP verifying that the licensee and any applicable employees have completed this training.

Penalties and Appeals
Disciplinary actions for violations of the Act or this Part may include a reprimand, refusal to renew or restore a certification, or suspension or revocation of license certification. A fine may also be imposed based on the seriousness and frequency of the violation. Fines range from a maximum of $200 for a first-time petty violation up to $10,000 per offense for repeated major violations. Procedures by which DSP will notify CLs of violations and for CLs to request hearings or appeals are included in the Part.

Bottom Line:  The proposed regulation implements the Firearm Dealers License Certification Act [430 ILCS 68] by establishing an application process for individuals and entities subject to regulation under the Act, describing enforcement mechanisms by law-enforcement agencies, and identifying licensee obligations relating to security and storage plans, record-keeping requirements and training mandates.  Additionally, the proposed regulations set forth eth fee schedule for license applicants and disciplinary fines and sanctions for violations of the Act.  Finally, the proposed regulations create administrative processes for investigating alleged violations of the Act and establish an appeal process for licensees and applicants to formally challenge determinations of the Department.

This rule is open for public comment until 10/7/19.  Questions/requests for copies/ comments through 10/7/19 may be directed to Mr. Matthew R. Rentschler, Chief Legal Counsel, Illinois State Police, 801 South 7th Street, Suite 1000-S, Springfield, IL 62703, or call (217) 782-7658. You may also click here to submit comments to the Department of Commerce Office of Regulatory Flexibility.

Get “Dark Money” Out of Political Campaigns.

Dark Money

Here are specific and efficient steps you can take to get dark money out of political campaigns. Includes script and contact information. 30 minute task.

Corporations rule every aspect of our lives thanks to Supreme Court decisions that grant constitutional rights (“personhood”) to corporations. But there’s still hope! Join @MoveToAmend and let’s overrule this atrocity!

Call: Your one House rep and two senators (look up).

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I’m part of a bipartisan majority of Americans who believe corporations should not have the same constitutional rights as people. The We the People Amendment would end this unjust practice, and eliminate contributions of unlimited amounts of “dark money” to political campaigns.

For House reps: I would like [NAME] to cosponsor H.J. Res. 48. Thank you. (Note: Brad Schneider is not currently a sponsor)

For senators: I urge [NAME] to introduce the Senate equivalent of H.J. Res 48. Thank you.

Ask Congressman Schneider About His Impeachment Position

Please read the following draft letter. If you agree with the content and wish to be a co-signer, send an email to Joan Reed (joni.reed@comcast.net) by noon 6/18/19:


Dear Representative Schneider,

We are concerned citizens in your district who want to have a more complete understanding of your decision to support congressional investigation rather than press for investigation under the auspices of impeachment proceedings.

We are proceeding on the assumption that you agree with the over 1,000 prosecutors who have signed onto a letter stating the Mueller’s report sets out a sufficient basis to proceed with impeachment.

We also understand further investigation may likely uncover other crimes, in addition to those set forth by Michael Cohen. As history has shown us, additional evidence and witness testimony that becomes unearthed may very well change the Senate’s current intransigent stance.

In terms of the distinction between committee investigations and impeachment proceedings, we would like your take on why you prefer the former. What advantages do non-impeachment hearings provide? From legal experts, we have been made aware that impeachment, as a judicial proceeding, will likely result in faster, more comprehensive investigations. Impeachment proceedings may also give the judiciary committee a stronger case for obtaining certain materials protected from disclosure by statute, like the grand jury materials from Mueller’s investigation. Under impeachment, the House would be in a stronger position to demand contempt penalties. With impeachment also comes the power to gather information in foreign countries, These are just four reasons why we understand impeachment to be preferable.

In terms of political repercussions, we would like to understand the risks of a 2020 Republican backlash to impeachment proceedings. Why is the risk of a Republican wave more likely than the risk of constituents voting out a Democratic representative who does not take a stand to impeach in favor of another Democratic contender? How does that outweigh a Representative’s constitutional duty to uphold the rule of law during their tenure?

Are there any other considerations, whether they be political, legal or otherwise, that you’re taking into account as you make your decision to stay the course rather than go through an impeachment proceeding?

Please contact either of the first two signatories to this letter. We would greatly appreciate an in person discussion when you are next in Illinois. We feel time is of the essence. Thank you for your consideration.

IF YOU AGREE WITH THIS LETTER AND WISH TO SIGN ON, YOU MUST SEND AN EMAIL TO JOAN REED (joni.reed@comcast.net) BY 6/18/19.

Hate Has No Home Here – Share Your Agreement

Tenth Dems has signs available for purchase. So many are disgusted with what they’ve seen and heard lately. One way people have rejected this negativity is by displaying a “Hate Has No Home Here” sign. They are $5 per sign or 5 signs for $20 if you arrange to pick them up. In some cases, delivery may be available for an extra charge. Contact us if you need that. Click here to order your signs!

Let us know if you’re interested in a sign—click here, call 847-266-VOTE (8683), or email info@tenthdems.org.

Write to Support Medicaid in Illnois

From Jen Hofmann’s action items for this week

Action: Stand with Americans who are poor, disabled, and/or unable to work.

 

Find: Your state Medicaid director’s address (look up, scroll down for address).

Write: Dear [Name], I am deeply concerned about the CMS letter on 1/12/18 allowing states to deny medical care to vulnerable citizens. With a majority of Medicaid enrollees already working, in school, or medically unable to work, compliance enforcement is an unnecessary waste of taxpayer money. We must take care of our neighbors in need. This new policy penalizes people living in poverty and with disabilities, cutting them off from a powerful poverty-reducing program. I entreat you to continue providing Medicaid to all [Staters] who need it. Thank you for your consideration. Name, town.

 

Legislator Calls: November 6, 2017

Calls Week of November 6

Before you make those calls: Read our Blog post on being an efficient caller.

Representative Schneider and Senators Duckworth and Durbin this week:

  • Tell Representative Schneider*:

    • Advocate for the economic rights of our poorest neighbors
      • Advocate for poor Americans who make less than $18,600 per year and for middle class families who stand to lose tax benefits
      • Thank Representative Schneider for speaking out on this issue in his statement.
  • Tell your Representative and Senators*:

  • Tell your Senators*:

    • Support a clean DREAM act
      • Thank Senator Durbin for Co-sponsoring the bill.
      • Urge Senator Duckworth to become a co-sponsor.
    • Oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to a lifetime appointment to the US District Court
      • Hundreds of civil rights groups oppose him because of his demonstrated opposition to voting rights, workers’ rights, and civil rights. This appointment is dangerous for democracy.
      • Urge Senators Duckworth and Durbin to vote “No” on this nomination
*Q: Why do I tell my Representative and Senators different lists of issues? Why don’t I read them all the same script?
A: Because certain responsibilities originate in the House of Representative (tax bills start there) and other responsibilities originate in the Senate (confirmations of appointees).
Continue reading “Legislator Calls: November 6, 2017”

ACA Open Enrollment Toolkit

ACA Open Enrollment Toolkit

This Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment toolkit provides proven strategies and templates for use in outreach to media and your community in order to raise awareness about Open Enrollment and drive traffic to HealthCare.gov, assisters, navigators, and brokers, and community enrollment events.

Here is everything you need. Just add your energy.

Help Save the ACA

Take action this weekend and submit your story for the Graham-Cassidy Hearing on Monday, September 25th.

Jen Hoffman’s action item for this weekend

Action: Submit public testimony for Monday’s Graham-Cassidy hearing.

Email: GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov by 1pm EST/10am PST Monday 9/25.

Script: I/my family rely/relies on quality, affordable healthcare. Because of this, I oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill. My story with [Medicaid, pre-existing conditions, disabilities, affordability, etc.] is… I would like to see a bipartisan Congressional effort to improve the ACA, not repeal it.

Sincerely, [name]

[town, state]

What’s your story? Affordability of Prescription drugs

Have You Had Difficulty Paying For or Accessing Prescription Drugs?

ProPublica Wants to Hear From You.

Action: Share your story about the affordability of prescription medications.

ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Read more about their work here.

ProPublica and The New York Times are interested in hearing from patients about any difficulties they have had accessing or paying for prescription drugs, in particular if those challenges have occurred in the past year.

This link will take you to a questionnaire about your experience with prescription drug costs, with spaces in the form for you to describe your situation.

Tell the FCC: Protect Net Neutrality!

JULY 12TH  IS AN INTERNET-WIDE DAY OF ACTION TO SAVE NET NEUTRALITY

What you need to know:

With the proposed changes to internet regulation, cable and phone companies like Comcast would be able to:

  • Slow video streaming sites, causing your videos start and stop unexpectedly.
  • Add new fees to your Internet bill. Imagine paying extra for YouTube!
  • Censor videos or content they don’t agree with, like political blogs.
  • Throttle any new sites or apps they don’t own or invest in.
  • Make your connection painfully slow, and charge you more to make it work again.
  • Force streaming sites like Spotify into a slow lane, causing them to buffer constantly.
  • Slow online gaming. Call of Duty would lag and glitch without paying more to your ISP.
  • Charge big sites special “prioritization fees” and slow down everyone else.
  • Take you out of the driver’s seat, and control what you see and hear online.
  • Make the Internet look a lot more like cable TV.
  • And, worst of all, become the first gatekeepers of the Internet in US history.

Net neutrality says we get the *entire* web without interference – no gatekeepers, no tollbooths, no slowlanes. Continue reading “Tell the FCC: Protect Net Neutrality!”