Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Gov. Rauner vetoes bill to license gun dealers

Gov. Rauner vetoes bill to license gun dealers

The vetoed legislation would have required gun stores to be licensed by the state, calling it "unnecessary, burdensome regulation".

Rauner spokeswoman Rachel Bold says the governor will veto the measure Tuesday, a week before the state's primary election in which the Republican faces a challenge from state Rep. Jeanne Ives.

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill that would license gun dealers, which Chicago leaders had urged him to sign just a day earlier. "I think the governor is being swayed by business interests, the firearms industry, National Rifle Association lobbyists".

Lawmakers approved the bill after the killing of Chicago police Cmdr.

The bill was passed by Illinois' legislature just days after the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people and spurred legislative action across the United States. She voted against the legislation and pushed Rauner not to sign it. 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.

"Rauner said the federal government already regulates gun dealers, making state regulations redundant". Instead, the governor's veto will come a week before the election and could take a line of attack away from the more conservative Ives. They also noted that the agency has limited experience in administering and enforcing this type of program, as it typically oversees barbers, dentists, nurses and other professions.

The measure has the backing of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. "When is the right time?" But the massacre in Parkland and the murder of a Chicago police officer last month spurred the Assembly to act on the measure, which had already cleared the Senate.

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