Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto gun retailer licensing bill

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2018

"But Rauner said Tuesday the measure amounts to burdensome regulation".

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) has vetoed a bill that would have required gun dealers be licensed by the state and created additional rules for them to follow for the sale of firearms. Rauner spokeswoman Rachel Bold says the governor will veto the measure Tuesday, March 13, 2018, a week before the state's primary election in which the Republican faces a challenge from state Rep. Jeanne Ives.

Rauner faces conservative challenger Jeanne Ives in next week's Republican primary.

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. This is about his primary election and not his primary responsibility as governor.

"The core issue is not which guns to legally ban or regulate", he said. 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.

The bill was among several measures passed response to the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida school and ongoing gun violence in Chicago, including the fatal shooting of a Chicago police commander. While the purported intent of this legislation was to enhance "responsible business practices", these bills only prove that the intention is to close as many federally licensed firearm dealers (FFLs) as possible. Third, we should find better more thoughtful ways to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. Eddie Johnson - gathered to urge Rauner to pass the gun bill. Rev. Michael Pfleger, activist and pastor at St. Sabina Catholic Church on the South Side, expressed disappointment in a statement Tuesday morning.

State Sen. Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat, and sponsor of the measure, says the governor's decision is about politics. Other bills yet to arrive on the governor's desk include raising the age-limit to purchase or possess assault-style weapons (HB1465) and requiring a 72-hour "cooling off" period for such purchases (HB1468). Rauner has indicated he supports the bump stock ban, but hasn't publicly stated a position on other gun bills.

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