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Beiser bills target conceal carry fees, safety of student athletes

ALTON – Citing Illinois as one of the most expensive states to own a firearm, state Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, has introduced legislation to cut concealed carry fees for applicants.

“Though we finally passed concealed carry in 2013, Illinois still has many restrictions and high fees associated with owning a gun,” Beiser said. “My goal now is to reduce the bureaucracy with concealed carry and keep the fees reasonable so that gun owners do not have to pay excessive amounts just to exercise their second amendment right.”

Beiser’s legislation would cut the fee for new or renewed concealed carry licenses from $150 to $75, while also reducing the fee for a replacement license from $75 to $10. Many law-abiding gun owners in the state of Illinois are not able to purchase a license because it is not an affordable option to them.

“Illinois has some of the most expensive fees for concealed carry compared to the rest of the Midwest,” Beiser said. “The fact that a state imposed fee is one of the primary reasons a law-abiding citizen is not able to obtain a concealed carry license represents an unnecessary burden meant to prevent a responsible person’s right to protect and defend themselves.”

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Bill seeks to strengthen safety for student athletes

ALTON – To help protect student athletes in Illinois, state Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, refiled legislation to require background checks if a person wants to be a certified or licensed official for sports under the Illinois High School Association, or IHSA.

“Right now, the IHSA doesn’t require any background check for the officials they oversee, which can allow someone with a criminal background to be around children,” Beiser said. “This is a loophole that could allow someone with criminal history or a sex offender to be in close proximity to children, which is unacceptable.”

Beiser’s proposed legislation, House Bill 256, would be a more proactive approach than the IHSA’s current system would require offenders to disclose themselves, and require an actual background check for any official through IHSA. The cost of these checks would be the applicant’s responsibility and not passed on to any school.

“The legislation will have anyone applying to officiate under IHSA submit their normal identification items, as well as their fingerprints to the Illinois State Police to run through the state and FBI criminal database,” Beiser said. “It’s my hope that through legislation like this, we can provide stronger protections for our students in Illinois.”

      From the Illinois Business Journal

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