Gov. Rauner vetoes bill to license gun dealers

Lester Mason
March 14, 2018

Rauner is facing a challenge from conservative Illinois Rep. Jeanne Ives, who had urged the governor to veto the gun dealer licensing bill.

The Gun Dealer Licensing Act would have required gun shops to register with the state and pay a $1,000 fee every five years. 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 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. He wants to win his primary and neglect his primary responsibilities.

A number of gun control bills are now making their way through the state legislature. Last week, Ives' campaign criticized Rauner for not speaking publicly against the bill, calling it "the prelude to yet another betrayal" of Republicans.

The measure passed the Democratic-controlled legislature just days after the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school.

The legislation, which passed the General Assembly last month, would require all gun dealers in IL to obtain licenses from the state.

Just a day earlier, Chicago leaders - including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPD Supt.

"Rauner said the federal government already regulates gun dealers, making state regulations redundant".

Democratic State Senator Don Harmon from Oak Park says the governor's decision is about politics.

"But Rauner said Tuesday the measure amounts to burdensome regulation". Rauner was repeatedly asked Monday whether he would sign the bill, but would only say he supports "comprehensive solution", without saying whether that included licensing gun dealers.

But opponents noted that the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives already licenses gun dealers and its audits are time-intensive and expensive - a point Rauner also noted Tuesday as a reason for his veto.

Other measures still pending include a measure to ban bump stocks, which increase rifles' firing rates, and to prohibit anyone younger than 21 from buying assault-style weapons like the one used in the Florida shooting.

Slater doesn't have a problem with a bump stock ban, though he clarified that was his personal opinion and not that of the gun store's.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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