Gov. Rauner signs two gun control bills, says he’ll veto another

Gov. Rauner signs two gun control bills, says he’ll veto another

Hide caption Gov. Bruce Rauner turned his attention to gun issues Monday, signing two bill aimed at combating gun violence, but saying he will veto a measure to regulate gun dealers. At a ceremony in Chicago, Rauner signed House Bill 2354, the so-called “red flag” bill that allows guns to be taken away from people who pose a threat to themselves or others. He also signed Senate Bill 3256, which imposes a 72-hour waiting period to purchase all guns, not just handguns. But while signing those two bills, Rauner said he will veto legislation that requires state regulation of gun dealers. Rauner said the legislation will impose hardships on small businesses while not doing anything to control gun violence. Surrounded by lawmakers from both parties and law enforcement officers, Rauner signed the bill that got strong bi-partisan support in the General Assembly even though the National Rifle Association said at the last minute it opposed the legislation. The bill passed by veto-proof majorities in both the House and Senate. The new law allows either an immediate family member or the police to go to court if they fear a person with access to guns is likely to do something violent. If the court determines the person poses a threat to himself or others, it can order the person’s guns be temporarily removed by law enforcement. “This bill can help us in certain situations possibly save people’s lives,” said Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz. “We might be able to […]

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