Time Running Out For Illinois’ Gun Dealer Licensing Legislation

April 25, 2018
Sen. Harmon (D- Oak Park) on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The Illinois General Assembly has only a few hours left to override a gun dealer licensing measure that would require gun shops to register with the state and pay a license fee.

Sen. Harmon (D- Oak Park) on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The Illinois General Assembly has only a few hours left to override a gun dealer licensing measure that would require gun shops to register with the state and pay a license fee.

Daisy Contreras/NPR Illinois

The Illinois General Assembly has only a few hours left to vote on a gun dealer licensing measure that would require gun shops to register with the state and pay a license fee. Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the proposal earlier this month, giving lawmakers only 15 calendar days to get enough support for an override. The deadline is today.

State Sen. Don Harmon – an Oak Park  Democrat and sponsor of the measure, said he is still waiting to get enough support in the House and decided to not call it for a vote Tuesday evening.

“I recognize the political dynamic at work here, and it’s a tough vote for a lot of the members of the Senate, so I want to make sure we have at least a realistic chance of overriding the veto in the House as well.”

Harmon said some Republicans are needed for the override. “We just need a little more time to convince a few more suburban Republicans, in particular, to come on board and vote against the governor," he said. "My sense is the governor doesn’t want the political embarrassment of an override. I think the issue at hand is much greater than the political dynamic here in the building.”

Wednesday is also a lobby day planned for gun owners to visit Springfield. Harmon said if he doesn’t get enough support, he will attempt to bring up the proposal again. It would require gun shops to register with the state and pay a license fee. 

Story source: Illinois Public Radio