Increasing accountability over Illinois gun dealers
For the past two years, Giffords has worked extensively with local coalition partners, advocates and legislators to support legislation that would license gun dealers in Illinois. The bill would give state authorities and law enforcement the tools to encourage better business practices among federally licensed gun dealers, hold corrupt dealers accountable to slow the flow of illegal gun trafficking in Illinois, and help keep guns out of the wrong hands. In 2016, Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords helped launch the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition, which brought together gun violence prevention advocates, faith leaders, medical professionals and others to urge support for commonsense gun violence prevention policies, including the Gun Dealer Licensing Act. Captain Mark Kelly also met with leaders in Illinois in 2016 to advocate for the bill which will help reduce the illegal trafficking of firearms through straw purchasers, keeping guns out of the wrong hands. In May 2016, Giffords conducted a statewide poll that found that 85 percent of Illinois voters support requiring gun dealers to be licensed by the state.
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