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Rauner dodges questions on if he'll sign the Gun Dealer Licensing Act

The bill would require anyone who sells, leases or transfers firearms to be licensed with the state. (WRSP)

Gun control advocates and politicians from around Illinois gathered in Chicago Monday to urge Gov. Bruce Rauner to act on a gun safety measure that's been on his desk for 11 days.

"I know that the governor has a primary election, but he also has a primary responsibility as governor to keep all of us safe,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) said.

They’re calling on Rauner to sign Senate Bill 1657, which would create the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.

The bill would require anyone who sells, leases or transfers firearms to be licensed with the state.

It also puts in place safety requirements for dealers.

Rauner was asked if he's planning to act on the bill anytime soon. He dodged reporters’ questions several times.

Here’s one of the exchanges:

Rauner: “I've been clear on this issue.”
Reporter: “But Governor, you're not clear. It's clear as mud. I mean, what does that have to do with the bill that's on your desk? Are you going to sign it or are you not?”
Rauner: “Comprehensive solution. That's what I support. A comprehensive solution.”
Reporter: “So, are you saying you're waiting for all the legislation to pass through the legislature, all the pending gun bills before you consider any of them?”
Rauner: “Comprehensive solution is what I'm advocating for.”

Rauner’s comprehensive solution includes banning bump stocks, improving school safety, providing better support to police and keeping guns away from criminals and the mentally ill.

Rauner said gun dealers are already federally licensed.

SB1657 was delivered to the governor’s desk on March 1. If he does not sign or veto it in 60 days, it automatically becomes law.

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