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Gun owner licenses usually are issued or renewed only after the applicant has undergone a background check, completed a gun safety training course, and passed tests on how to safely load, fire and store a gun. Licensing laws are a simple, yet effective way to ensure guns are purchased and used by responsible Americans. Illinois has such a law, but the federal government — and many states — do not.3

Contact your representative about requiring licenses for purchasing of all arms.

3Giffords: http://lawcenter.giffords.org/gun-laws/policy-areas/gun-owner-responsibilities/licensing/