Gov. Rauner vetoes bill to license gun dealers

Gov. Rauner vetoes bill to license gun dealers

Gov. Rauner vetoes bill to license gun dealers

Rauner told WJPF radio in southern IL on Tuesday morning that the legislation is an "unnecessary, burdensome regulation".

"Rauner said the federal government already regulates gun dealers, making state regulations redundant. It's crushing to our small business owners, and creates bureaucracy that really doesn't help keep our communities safer", he told WJPF News Radio in southern IL.

They say the Gun Dealer Licensing Act is a common sense bill they believe will save lives.

The Illinois state legislature has been cautious about taking up gun control measures, despite the Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Superintendent Eddie Johnson joined members of the Illinois Gun Prevention Coalition to urge Governor Bruce Rauner to sign a new gun legislation that's been on his desk since last month.

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"But Rauner said Tuesday the measure amounts to burdensome regulation". On Tuesday, Emanuel called Rauner's veto "a slap in the face to crime victims, faith leaders and police" who pleaded with him to sign the legislation. In a statement on Tuesday, Emanuel said: "With one week left in his campaign, Governor Rauner just put his primary election ahead of his primary responsibility to protect the safety of the people of Chicago and IL".

"The governor's decision was cruel, it was cold and it was calculated to benefit his own politics at the expense of public safety". The Senate has yet to vote on those bills.

"We need to support the Second Amendment, and respect our Constitution, but we can also be thoughtful about ways that we can improve safety in our schools, and keep our citizens safe; for example by being much tougher on repeat gun offenders, repeat felons", he said Tuesday.

The bill would require criminal background checks for all gun shop employees, training to help them identify a buyer purchasing for someone else, and added security to prevent theft.

"Nobody's saying this is going to solve everything".

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