"It's unnecessary, burdensome regulation".
Bruce Rauner said Tuesday he'll reject legislation to mandate gun shops in his state obtain licenses to sell firearms.
"I'm going to veto that bill, it's just not right", Rauner told southern IL radio station WJPF.More news: Army says doesn't have enough money to pay for emergency procurements
The governor, who is a hunter and told the station that he is a member of the National Rifle Association, noted that the federal government already regulates firearms retailers. To make schools safer, Rauner suggested "highly trained, highly well-armed security personnel at our schools who are very, very talented and able to protect our students".
The measure passed the Democratic-controlled legislature just days after the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school.
State lawmakers are taking sides in the marijuana legalization debate. Show her your support by your vote. This is about his primary election and not about his primary responsibility as governor. Under the law, store owners would also be obligated to train employees to conduct background checks and spot potential straw purchasers. Chicago does not have any gun shops, however city leaders are pushing the legislation because they say so many guns used in Chicago crimes are traced back to suburban dealers.More news: Google to ban Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies advertisements from June
Supporters contend federal regulators are stretched too thin to regulate all the shops operating in IL, and cited data that showed a large percentage of weapons found at crime scenes come from a handful of sellers.
In a statement, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) criticized Rauner, saying he is playing politics. "When is the right time?" In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Rauner said that Senate Bill 1657, which had been on his desk for almost two weeks, "created onerous, duplicative bureaucracy that does little to improve public safety".
"I think it's a misguided decision", Jones said.More news: Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies at Age 76