Governor slams resurrected Illinois gun dealer licensing bill
By Chris Eger
Rauner made clear this week he is not a fan of a gun dealer licensing measure now tracking in the General Assembly (Photo: Ill Governor’s Office)
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said he’s not impressed with a bill he argued was crafted “more for headlines” than for public safety.
In an interview with a WJPF radio show Thursday, Rauner criticized a proposal for state-level regulation of licensed gun dealers that passed the Senate this week. The bill, which is similar to one he vetoed in March, is hyped by supporters as a vehicle to curb illegal gun trafficking, which the Republican governor scoffed at.
“This is the sort of legislation that comes out of the General Assembly under [Illinois House Speaker Mike] Madigan’s Democrats that really just creates hassles for businesses and honest business owners– just red tape, filings and fees and regulations,” Rauner said. “And it really does not improve public safety.”
The bill Rauner vetoed would have mandated a $1,000 five-year state permitting process for federal firearms licensees. In addition, it would require background checks and training for gun shop employees as well as videotaping of the businesses’ “critical areas” such as where guns are sold and stored. Exemptions to the requirements for