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. In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Rauner said that Senate Bill 1657, which had been on his desk for almost two weeks, "created onerous, duplicative bureaucracy that does little to improve public safety".
At a news conference earlier Monday, Rauner refused to answer questions about the fate of the bill.
"I'm going to veto that bill", he added. It would require training of employees and videotaping in "critical areas" of the business.
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. "To keep our schools safer, we could come up with ways to have highly trained, highly well-armed security personnel at our schools who are very, very talented and able to protect our students". Eddie Johnson - gathered to urge Rauner to pass the gun bill. It's redundant on top of existing federal regulations.
The governor said during a radio interview the bill was "just not right". 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.
"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 failure will be his legacy". Rauner's decision to veto "is demonstrating that he refuses to listen to the majority of Illinoisans and children and parents who have begged and lobbied for the Governor to hear their cry", Pfleger said.