SPRINGFIELD, Ill. --Illinois lawmakers decided not to take up a bill that would override a veto from Gov Bruce Rauner.
But gun control advocates say they won't give up.
The Gun Dealer Licensing Act passed the General Assembly last month, but Governor Rauner veoted it. Lawmakers looked for enough votes to override the governor, but it appears they’ve come up short.
At the Capitol, Democrats worked behind the scenes to flip moderate suburban Republicans while gun rights advocates rallied.
“Our Second Amendment is and has been under attack,” said State Sen. Neil Anderson.
“Gun owners in Illinois go through a background check every night of the year and if you have a concealed carry permit you go through two background checks,” said Richard Pearson, Illinois State Rifle Association. “So we’re very law abiding people.”
Supporters say licensing gun shops would help cut down on the illegal flow of guns into Chicago and other communities.
“This won’t solve all of the violence in the state of Illinois, but if we can reduce the number of guns that end up in the hands of criminals by better regulating gun dealers, we should do it,” said Sen. Dan Harmon.
The bill would require gun-shops to obtain a state license and have it renewed every five years.
It also requires in-store videotaping.
And employee training on identifying straw purchases, when one person buys a gun for another.
Sen. Harmon sponsored the bill.
Vetoing the bill, Rauner, called it an unnecessary burden that duplicates federal regulation.
In a statement Wednesday he said:
All any father or mother really wants to know is that their family is safe. We need to focus on illegal gun trafficking, school safety, how to best keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. These are bipartisan issues that we are working on collaboratively in our Public Safety Working Group to drive real solutions. We will keep working to keep our families safe.