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Illinois Gun Laws Force Gun Store Owner To Move Operation To Indiana

The owner says the higher licensing fees under the legislation make hard for independent dealers to stay afloat.

MARSHALL, Ill. -- New gun laws in Illinois are the reason a popular gun store there is relocating to Indiana.

The Lost Creek Trading Post has been a fixture in Marshall for the last 14 years.

But owner Bill Behnke tells the TribStar the passage of the Gun Dealer Licensing Act by the state's legislature would place additional regulations on independent businesses but not “big box” stores such as Walmart.

He also says he can't afford the higher fees to maintain his license to sell guns in Illinois. So he is planning to bring his operation to Indiana where the licensing fees are cheaper.

 

(PHOTO: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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