* I told subscribers about this on Friday. From a media advisory…
Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), will join members of the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition, gun violence victims and their families, and Chicago’s top police official to call on Gov. Bruce Rauner to the Gun Dealer Licensing Act, a bill that will stem the flow of illegal guns into communities in Chicago and across Illinois.
The Gun Dealer Licensing Act would allow Illinois to license gun dealers and encourage better business practices while holding corrupt dealers accountable as authorities try to get a handle on the violence epidemic prevalent in Chicago neighborhoods and across the state.
* Gov. Rauner may have given his answer Friday while in Moline…
So, the federal government already regulates, um, these, um, gun dealers. Uh, so, and, we’ve gotta be careful about putting too much, uh, redundant regulation that won’t really change or improve anything, but it may actually hurt small businesses in the state of Illinois. So, we’ve got to evaluate the issues and we’re in the process of doing it.
The governor went on to say that he’s believed “for years and years” that “the most effective way of dealing with gun issues is at the federal level.” Rauner explained that, because of interstate commerce, “what we do should really be done at the federal level. But, he said he would take a look at “what we can do at the state level in Illinois.”
That doesn’t sound like he’s thrilled with this bill. But, hey, he said he’d veto HB40 and then he signed it.
* Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Hold gun shops to same level of licensing as barber shops: “Any Illinois business that wants to sell liquor or tobacco, eggs or wholesale aquatic life, or to cut and braid hair, must be licensed by the state. Why should gun dealers be any exception?” Emanuel said. “This isn’t difficult: if we can license barber shops, we can license gun dealers.”
* Decatur-area gun stores stick with current age limits: Independent gun store owners in the area say they’re not joining large retail chains like Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods in placing greater age restrictions on gun sales than current state law requires. “Others can join the mass hysteria if they like, but we value the Second Amendment down here, and we’ll lean towards that,” said Dan Cooley, owner of Bullet Trap in Macon. … “They’re doing if for publicity, the mainstream media’s going crazy over this stuff and they’re just on the bandwagon,” [Lana Niemeyer, who sells firearms at Decatur Jewelry and Pawn] said of the major retail chains.
* Mother who lost son to gun violence has message for Gov. Rauner: But Rock Island native Othea Stevenson says we need action now. “I don’t think [the proposed bill] would hurt. I think we need any resources we possibly can have to get these guns off the street, or at least take control of what’s going on,” says Stevenson. Stevenson lost her 24-year-old son to gun violence in 2016. She’s been fighting against gun violence ever since and says the governor isn’t doing enough.
* Rauner outlines gun control, rail efforts in visit to KONE Inc.: Gun control is an issue that deserves a “comprehensive, bipartisan solution developed on safety from guns,” he said. “We need to do four things. We should ban bump stocks, No. 1,” he said. “No. 2, we should be more thoughtful and effective in keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. We are not doing a good enough job of that.” No. 3, he said, “we need to do a better job of keeping our schools safer, and our public buildings safer,” he said … Lastly, he said, “we have got to find ways to be more supportive of our police officers and first responders,” he said. “But have them be even more effective in responding to the threats and the risks from gun violence.”
* Rauner pledges support for Q-C rail project: Ives, who has accused Rauner of betraying conservatives, voted against the legislation. During her Quad-Cities visit, she said the March 20 primary might pass before Rauner made a commitment. Proponents say that even with federal oversight of gun dealers, they aren’t effective at stopping weapons from being brought into Chicago and used in crimes.