Gun Dealer Licensing Act sponsor says he'll try to override governor's veto

Rauner said the legislation is redundant and that it’d do little to improve public safety. (WRSP)

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation Tuesday that’d require gun dealers to be licensed by the state.

Rauner said the legislation is redundant and that it’d do little to improve public safety.

Senate Bill 1657, which would have created the Gun Dealer Licensing Act, was sent to Rauner on March 1.

It would’ve required anyone who sells, leases or transfers firearms to be licensed with the state.

That would be in addition to the dealers’ federal license.

In Rauner’s veto message, he said these sorts of legislative responses do little to stop the illegal flow of guns into Illinois.

Bill sponsor Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, responded to the governor’s actions Tuesday.

“The governor's objection is really a copout,” Harmon said. “He claimed that the bill was burdensome and redundant of federal regulation, but the fact of the matter is obvious, the federal regulation, for whatever it is just doesn't work. There are so many illegal guns in Illinois.”

Harmon said he plans to override the governor’s veto.

In his veto message, the governor said he’ll be rolling out his own gun control plan in the coming days.

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