Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto gun retailer licensing bill

Thursday, 15 Mar, 2018

It would have required gun shops to get licensed with the state.

The Legislature passed the measure last month in response to a deadly shooting at a Florida high school and the shooting death of a Chicago police commander.

Legislation to bar possession of assault-style weapons by those younger than 21 was amended to make criminal-defense exceptions for those who had the guns before the law took effect.

Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed Susan Haling as Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor on Wednesday.

He says the proposal is not the right approach.

"I think it does create another layer after the federal government already has gun dealer licensing", Brady said.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had also asked the governor to approve the measure.

State Sen. Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat, and sponsor of the measure, says the governor's decision is about politics. "We have ample proof that such narrowly focused legislative responses make for good political cover, but they do little to stop the illegal flow of guns into IL or prevent people from committing thousands of crimes in our state each year with illegal guns".

Rauner faces conservative challenger Jeanne Ives in next week's Republican primary. "I know he has a primary election a week away from today", Emanuel said.

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