IL governor says gun control bill 'just not right,' promises veto

Rodiano Bonacci
Марта 13, 2018

I'm going to veto that bill.

Rauner told WJPF radio in southern IL on Tuesday morning that the legislation is an "unnecessary, burdensome regulation".

The bill was passed by Illinois' legislature just days after the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people and spurred legislative action across the United States. It's redundant on top of existing federal regulations. Rauner was repeatedly asked Monday whether he would sign the bill, but would only say he supports "comprehensive solution", without saying whether that included licensing gun dealers.

"But Rauner said Tuesday the measure amounts to burdensome regulation". In a statement on Tuesday, Emanuel said: "With one week left in his campaign, Governor Rauner just put his primary election ahead of his primary responsibility to protect the safety of the people of Chicago and IL".

His decision comes a week before IL holds its primary election.

The veto comes a week before the state's primary election in which the Republican faces a challenge from state Rep. Jeanne Ives. Just a day earlier, Chicago leaders - including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPD Supt.

"With one week left in his campaign, Governor Rauner just put his primary election ahead of his primary responsibility to protect the safety of the people of Chicago and Illinois", Emanuel said.

"The governor's decision was cruel, it was cold and it was calculated to benefit his own politics at the expense of public safety". The Democratic-controlled General Assembly passed the measure about two weeks ago.

A bill named for the slain Chicago officer, Commander Paul Bauer, would ban the sale of high-capacity magazines and body armor to anyone who is not a law enforcement officer; the man who allegedly shot Bauer six times was wearing body armor at the time.

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