Les Winkeler is officially a fucking idiot.

He’s blowing off warnings about the compliance cost for Illinois’ SB0337.

Crying wolf doesn’t advance gun rights
Those over-stated reactions always make me wince. I think crying wolf is a net negative for gun rights.

The new legislation requires that gun sellers, from large retail outlets to individuals selling from their home, be licensed by the State of Illinois. Admittedly, upon initial reading the license fees were eye-popping — $1,500 for retail outlets and $300 for private sellers. Then, the fine print came into focus and we realized those were five-year licenses.

He admits that dealers operate on a thin margin, but then blows it off as, “a stretch to consider those fees would break the bank.”

I’ll start with the obvious, then get to the nitty gritty.

A dealer isn’t going to be paying “$41.67 per month or $1.37 per day.” He has to pay $1,500 dollars up front. He has to spend — expensive — time preparing the application. Yes, that’s going to hurt.

A lot. Because the nitty gritty is the part “Zumbo” Winkeler completely ignores: the new law does far more than require an expensive license. Another license (remember, they have to get an FFL and an ordinary business license).

They also have to buy ,and pay to install, a video surveillance system. An ordinary security system won’t do. It has to specifically record each and every purchaser. They have to maintain that system, and store the video for a minimum of 90 days. That ain’t cheap, if it’s going to be of any use. If a camera fails, the dealer could lose his license even if he was unaware of the failure, so the cameras will have to be checked every day.

They have to pay for a monitored alarm system. What they already have might not be sufficient if it doesn’t directly alert police. Monitored systems for commercial operations can cost $100 or more per month. After buying, and paying for the installation. It will very likely also necessitate paying for a dedicated phone line for the alarm.

Dealers will have to maintain a separate electronic inventory control system in addition to the bound book. Another computer with inventory control software. And at this point, the dealer may need to hire a clerk to make the entries; certainly he’ll need at least a temporary hire for initial entry.

Dealers will be required to conduct annual training on “straw purchase recognition,” for every employee who makes transfers. They’ll have to pay their employees for that unproductive — they aren’t selling while they’re training — training time. More money out of pocket.

Then there’s the “safe storage” for non-operating hours. Ghu only knows what that will cost, because the law doesn’t even define it, leaving to the police to make it up as they go. More money.

More money out of their narrow profit margin. The very point of the bill was to make gun stores unprofitable. Or make guns too expensive to purchase when compliance costs are passed on.

And that won’t be all. The law also creates a “Gun Dealer Licensing Board” specifically to come up with more rules and regulations with which dealers have to — expensively — comply.

But I wonder if Winkeler even noticed this:

Provides that any person within this State who transfers or causes to be transferred, by private sale, any firearm, stun gun, or taser shall keep a record of the transfer for a period of 10 years from the date of transfer.

Any person, not just licensed dealers. And transferred, not sold. Did Winkeler loan a hunting buddy a rifle? I hope he remembered to keep that record. And doesn’t lose it for ten years.

So yes, Les Winkeler is a fucking idiot, whom I’m guessing never ran a retail operation.

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