Mayor Emanuel, Supt. Johnson urge governor to sign gun bill

CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Superintendent Eddie Johnson joined members of the Illinois Gun Prevention Coalition Monday in urging Governor Bruce Rauner to sign new gun legislation that's been on his desk since last month.

"I've had to break the news to too many spouses, children that their loved ones won't be coming home because someone pulled the trigger of an illegal handgun," Supt. Eddie Johnson said.

The Gun Dealer Licensing Act passed with bipartisan support nearly two weeks ago. Included in the bill are requirements gun shop employees receive criminal background checks and training to help them identify a buyer purchasing for someone else. It also adds security requirements for gun dealers to prevent theft.

At a news conference earlier Monday, Rauner refused to answer questions about the fate of the bill, but he has said previously, "the federal government already regulates these gun dealers."

"We've got to be careful about putting too much redundant regulation it won't change or improve anything but might hurt small businesses in the state of Illinois," Rauner said Friday.

The governor has six more weeks to decide whether he will sign the bill. Critics claim the upcoming primary election is the real reason he hasn't taken action, aiming to keep the support of conservative voters. State Rep. Jeanne Ives, who is running against Rauner in the primary, voted against this bill in the house.

"I know that the governor has a primary election but he also has a primary responsibility to keep all of us safe.  His election doesn't take precedent over the primary concern we all have for public safety," Mayor Emanuel said.