ISRA Applauds Governor’s Action in Signing Law Addressing Concerns at the Sparta World Shooting Complex

ISRA also thanks State Sen. Tony Munoz, State Reps. Monica Bristow, Nathan Reitz and former State Rep. Jerry Costello II for sponsoring the Shooting Complex bill

Chatsworth, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Governor Pritzker signed legislation on July 12 aimed at addressing some logistical concerns at the Sparta World Shooting Complex, a move the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) says was needed after the Firearm Dealer License Act became law.

When the poorly written Firearm Dealer License Certification Act was passed, the act snared the World Shooting Complex in the new Dealer License law forcing the Complex to secure a license as a “retail location” thereby making it almost impossible to follow the law during sporting events. Another unintended consequence was that it was almost impossible to transfer firearms during an event. Senate Bill 1139 addresses those concerns.

“We warned the gun control advocates that their Dealer Licensing Act was going to make it difficult to legally host events at Sparta and would practically halt business at a major Southern Illinois attraction and harm an important economic engine to the region,” said Richard Pearson, ISRA Executive Director. “We applaud Gov. Pritzker’s action in signing into law a measure to undo the harm that the World Shooting Complex faced.”

Specifically, SB 1139 provides:

  • Active duty members of the United States Armed Forces under age 21 do not need parental consent to obtain a FOID card;
  • Conceal Carry Licenses shall have five years for renewals from the expiration date not from when you renew the license;
  • The Sparta World Shooting complex does not have to obtain a license as a “retail location” under the Firearm Dealer License Certification Act;
  • Firearm transfers that take place during a National Governing body sanctioned event at the Sparta World Shooting Complex are not governed by the Firearm Dealer License Certification Act;
  • Current or retired law enforcement officers authorized by law to possess a concealed firearm may do so while hunting where the Code would otherwise prohibit the possession of a concealed firearm.

“We appreciate the work Senator Tony Munoz, Representatives Monica Bristow, and Nathan Reitz as well as former State Representative Jerry Costello II for their hard work in getting this legislation passed,” Pearson said. “While we wish the bill was not a necessary one, we are pleased the Senate Bill 1139 has been signed into law.”

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