Rauner to veto gun retailer licensing legislation

Gov. Bruce Rauner dripped veto ink on a controversial measure that would have added red tape to federally licensed gun dealers in the state

Rep. Brady backs Rauner's veto of gun dealer licensing bill

It would have required gun dealers in IL to obtain a license through the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, to renew those licenses every five years and to train their employees to conduct background checks and spot potential straw purchasers.

The governor has had the bill on his desk for a week and-a-half, and has six more weeks to decide whether he will sign it. Earlier in the day, Rauner - speaking to downstate radio station WJPF - gave the first sign of how he would act on the bill.

"It's just not right".

The mayor has said requiring IL gun dealers to be licensed by the state would help reduce illegal straw purchases, in which a person buys guns for someone else who can't legally buy them. Under the law, store owners would also be obligated to train employees to conduct background checks and spot potential straw purchasers.

"But Rauner said Tuesday the measure amounts to burdensome regulation". "To keep our schools safer, we could come up with ways to have highly trained, highly well-armed security personnel at our schools who are very, very talented and able to protect our students".

In a statement, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) criticized Rauner, saying he is playing politics. Eddie Johnson - gathered to urge Rauner to pass the gun bill. This veto is a slap in the face to crime victims, faith leaders and police who have pleaded with Governor Rauner to protect public safety by signing the Gun Dealer Licensing Act. 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". Rauner's decision to veto "is demonstrating that he refuses to listen to the majority of Illinoisans and children and parents who have begged and lobbied for the Governor to hear their cry", Pfleger said.

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