On Tuesday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner voted against a popular bill that would have licensed gun dealers. The previous day many Chicago leaders, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson, reached out to Rauner, saying that he should support the bill. The bill has been awaiting his signature for over two weeks now.
The bill that was vetoed was Senate Bill 1657, which would require criminal background checks for all gun shop employees. It would also require training that would help gun shop employees identify a buyer purchasing a gun for someone else.
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In a statement on Tuesday, Emanuel said:
“With one week left in his campaign, Governor Rauner just put his primary election ahead of his primary responsibility to protect the safety of the people of Chicago and Illinois. The governor’s decision was cruel, it was cold and it was calculated to benefit his own politics at the expense of public safety. This veto is a slap in the face to crime victims, faith leaders and police who have pleaded with Governor Rauner to protect public safety by signing the Gun Dealer Licensing Act. This failure will be his legacy.”
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Rauner said that Senate Bill 1657, “created onerous, duplicative bureaucracy that does little to improve public safety.”
Early Tuesday morning, Bruce Rauner appeared on a radio interview with WJPF News Radio. Where he said in the interview that, “I’m going to veto the bill, it’s just not right.”
Rauner continued to say in the radio interview that state laws should be tougher on repeat gun offenders. While also make schools safer, he suggested that “highly trained, highly well-armed security personnel at our schools who are very, very talented and able to protect our students.”
The NRA released a statement Tuesday night saying:
“The bills Gov. Rauner vetoed today were a dramatic overreach designed specifically to shut down as many Illinois federally licensed firearm dealers (FFLs) as possible. Now the law-abiding gun owners of Illinois need to let their lawmakers know this type of infringement upon their fundamental Second Amendment rights is completely unacceptable. Punishing legitimate businesses for the criminal actions of others is exactly why communities continue to suffer as their elected officials appear more concerned about making headlines instead of addressing the real problem; actual criminals.”
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