Gun Deal Could Be Coming With New Governor

A proposal that would give the state more oversight over Illinois gun dealers will be among the 1st big issues that newly elected governor JB Pritzker will have on his desk, once he is inaugurated.  Republican Governor Bruce Rauner in the spring vetoed a bill that would have required the state to license and regulate gun shops.  Lawmakers approved the plan in the wake of the killing of a Chicago Police Commander, along with the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  Supporters contended that federal regulators are stretched too thin, in order to regulate all the shops operating in Illinois.  Rauner called the proposal duplicative, since the federal government already licenses firearms retailers.  Adding another layer to oversight this would only be costly for businesses and do very little in improving public safety.  Lawmakers did not override Rauner’s veto, but they did approve a new version.  Knowing that Rauner would more than likely veto this version, Democratic senate President John Cullerton put it on a procedural hold, keeping the paperwork off of Rauner’s desk.  Since he waited until Prizker became governor, he will now send it to his desk instead of Rauner.