Governor Rauner's decision to veto a gun bill is stirring reaction from people on both sides of the debate. On Monday Rauner said he wanted comprehensive gun reform legislation. But now he vetoed a measure that would require licensing for gun dealers.
Pekin gun dealer David Barth said federal licensing requirements already require background checks and a 200 dollar renewal fee. He supports Rauner's veto and called the state licensing bill unnecessary.
"We're already licensed by the ATF, we're audited by the ATF to submit our information, our paperwork. They do background checks and there's no need for additional state intervention," he said.
Specifically the bill the governor vetoed would have required Illinois gun dealers to get a state license, do more background checks and pay a $1,000 renewal fee.
Another gun dealer said the state was using the bill to raise additional revenue.
"All these different bills they put into place to try to push through. I don't think it would be a deterrent of any kind. I don't think it's gonna help in anyway to prevent a crime like this," said Midwestern Firearms Owner John Meek.
Rauner said he vetoed the measure because it would hurt small business owners and wouldn't actually keep communities safer. But supporters of the bill said it was necessary, claiming federal regulators are already stretched too thin to properly regulate all the gun shops in our state. Rauner's veto comes one week before the Republican faces state representative Jeanne Ives in the GOP primary. Critics say Rauner is putting politics over doing the right thing.
"He has a primary responsibility to everybody here and everybody else when it comes to public safety and there are times on issues where you have to put aside your politics and worry about everybody else's who are giving you their vote or their support as governor and do what's right," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Instead of signing the bill Rauner said he wants Springfield leaders to put together a public safety commission to talk about mental health and school safety.