Rahm Emanuel: Hold gun shops to same level of licensing as barber shops
By Chris Eger
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants gun shops licensed in a manner similar to barber shops, which it turns out is a complicated process. (Photo: Mayor’s office)
With Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in a holding pattern on a scheme to add regulation to Illinois gun shops, Chicago Democrats are urging action.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been leaving letters in random places for Rauner in addition to issuing public statements pressuring the governor to enact a bill requiring state licensing for already federally licensed gun dealers. In a statement issued this week, Emanuel said that gun dealers should be held to the same standard as barbers in the state.
“Any Illinois business that wants to sell liquor or tobacco, eggs or wholesale aquatic life, or to cut and braid hair, must be licensed by the state. Why should gun dealers be any exception?” Emanuel said. “This isn’t difficult: if we can license barber shops, we can license gun dealers.”
While the Mayor’s reference to barbershop licensing on its face may seem humorous, it does play into the hand of those who argue adding a complex layer of additional state regulation to gun shops is designed to force some out of business.
The Illinois Department of Financial and