Governor signed law granting exemption for shooting complex

With the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships set to start at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta on July 31, local politicians and the Illinois State Rifle Association are thankful that an exemption for the shooting complex became law.

On July 12, Governor JB Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1139 into law. 

Senator Paul Schimpf, who co-sponsored the legislation, noted in a press release that Senate Bill 1139 provides specific exemptions for businesses and firearms sales at WSRC events that would have been severely effected, limited or outright banned by the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.

Schimpf also noted that he voted against the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.

His press release added, “Without the exemptions, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act would have increased costs and administrative burdens for many of the vendors that typically set up during events at the World Shooting Complex in Sparta. These new regulations could have led to national shooting events choosing a different venue.”

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