Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation today to require law-abiding gun dealers which are already licensed by the federal government to obtain a state gun dealer license and pay a fee up to $1,500 for the license. State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) opposes this new law and released the following statement:

“I’m disappointed to see our new Governor sign a bill that requires law-abiding gun dealers that are already licensed and authorized to sell firearms in the State of Illinois to now be required to obtain an additional license from the state. The new law is a result of two questionable gun dealers in the city of Chicago which have been identified for putting guns in the hands of criminals which in fact can be traced back to gun crimes in the city. Just because there is a problem with two gun dealers in the city, it doesn’t mean all gun dealers should be slapped with duplicative regulation.
State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) was sworn into office on Wednesday, January 9 at the University of Illinois – Springfield, the official inauguration of the 101st Illinois General Assembly. In addition to Meier taking the oath of office, he nominated House Republican Leader Jim Durkin for Speaker of the House.

Following inauguration, the first order of businesses for the House of Representatives is to cast their vote for Speaker of the House. Rep. Meier nominated Jim Durkin for Speaker, offering lawmakers a choice between Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and incumbent Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago).

According to Rep. Meier, “I’m proud to stand here today and nominate Jim Durkin for Speaker of the House. Jim Durkin genuinely understands each of our districts, he respects that all of us have been elected to represent our district and must advocate for what our district needs. Durkin has proven he will do what is right and what is best for the State of Illinois. He will work with all of us, regardless of party affiliation. During his time in the House, Jim Durkin has been successful at reaching bipartisan agreements to keep the state moving forward while not compromising the core beliefs of the Republican caucus.”