Under Pritzker, Democrats plan to revisit Illinois gun law vetoed by Governor Rauner

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A controversial gun law which Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner struck down could be making a comeback sooner than expected.

The legislation, proposed primarily by house Democrats, would have created a gun dealer licensing board where members would be appointed to recommend policies, procedures, and rules for the new law.

Governor Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 1657, saying the bill created an “onerous, duplicative bureaucracy that does little to improve public safety.”

Lawmakers could use a legislative maneuver to revive the Gun Dealer Licensing Bill and send it to Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s desk within days of him taking office.

Supporters of the law say that the bill can’t take effect soon enough.

Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-77th Dist.) said, “The sooner we can put it into effect and have the results there that we’re actually going to save lives, that much better.”

Right now, the Gun Dealer Licensing Bill has enough votes to pass a vote in the House and Senate.

The Senate president says they’re exploring options to get the plan passed as soon as possible.

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