Illinois Governor to Veto Gun Retailer Licensing Legislation

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives speaks during a meeting with members of the Northwest Herald Editorial Board on Feb. 19 at the newspaper's office in Crystal Lake

Emanuel and Johnson noted about 40 percent of the firearms seized by the Chicago Police Department come from IL gun shops.

The measure passed the Democratic-controlled legislature just days after the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school. Rauner said in the radio interview that laws should be tougher on repeat gun offenders. 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. "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".

The sponsor, Addison Democratic Rep. Kathleen Willis, has said that state oversight would identify and eliminate the practice of straw purchasers buying guns legally and then selling them to criminals.

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. One is to ban bump stocks.

They held a news conference at police headquarters, flanked by the parents of children who have been killed on Chicago streets. For now, every question about gun laws includes this standard response. SC [passed] a ban on bump stucks.

Emanuel argued that Rauner's desire not to further alienate conservative Republicans before the March 20 primary should be trumped by his "primary responsibility" to guarantee public safety.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel stepped up pressure on Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday to sign a gun dealer licensing bill, suggesting the governor is avoiding the issue ahead of the primary election next week, and saying "this is not a time for hemming and hawing". This has been in the works for 15 years.

I'm going to veto that bill.

The gun licensing legislation would require dealers to have video surveillance systems at any permanent dealership, and employees would be required to undergo background checks.

State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) did not mince his words either, imploring Rauner to sign a bill Harmon has worked to pass for 16 years. City, suburban, and rural. "Yes or no? Licensing gun shops or not?" he said. "It's unnecessary, burdensome regulation".

Last week Emanuel delivered a letter to Rauner asking him to sign the legislation, which is on his desk.

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