Rauner says he veto gun store licensing legislation

Governor Bruce Rauner says he will veto legislation that would require gun stores to licensed by the state.

Rauner announced that news Tuesday during an interview on WJPF.

The bill would’ve require the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to collect $1,000 from each dealer for a five-year license. It would require training of employees and videotaping in “critical areas” of the business.

The bill’s sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Don Harmon said he will file a motion to override.

In a written statement, Sen. Paul Schimpf reacted, calling the bill an “expansive government overreach at a time when we should be scaling government back. Adding bill would hurt our Southern Illinois firearms dealers while exempting the big box stores from its onerous regulations.”