Rauner vetoes 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

Rauner vetoes gun retailer licensing legislation

"It's unnecessary, burdensome regulation". "I think the governor is being swayed by business interests, the firearms industry, National Rifle Association lobbyists". To make schools safer, Rauner suggested "highly trained, highly well-armed security personnel at our schools who are very, very talented and able to protect our students".

The Legislature passed the measure last month in response to a deadly shooting at a Florida high school and the shooting death of a Chicago police commander.

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His decision comes a week before IL holds its primary election.

Under the proposed rules for gun retailers, anyone who sells, leases or transfers firearms would have to be licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, a cost that would be limited to $1,000 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. Chicago does not have any gun shops, however city leaders are pushing the legislation because they say so many guns used in Chicago crimes are traced back to suburban dealers.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel accuses Rauner of vetoing the gun shop licensing bill to try to get in the good graces of Republican voters. The governor's decision was cruel, it was cold and it was calculated to benefit his own politics at the expense of public safety. "Only one person can answer that", Emanuel said in a statement Tuesday.

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Rauner said he was seeking a "comprehensive solution".

"I think it's a misguided decision", Jones said.

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