BREAKING: Illinois Governor Rauner Vetoes Gun Dealer Licensing Bill

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed SB 1657 today. That’s the bill that would have mandated state licensing of all gun dealers in the state, not to mention requiring . . .

Licensing fees, a minimum number of hours of experience selling firearms (100) for the licensee, a qualifying examination for licensees, training and “continuing education” for both licensees and employees and “appropriate security measures” — including video of all transactions and firearms storage areas.

How fun (not to mention expensive) would that have been?

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Rauner said that Senate Bill 1657, which had been on his desk for nearly two weeks, “created onerous, duplicative bureaucracy that does little to improve public safety.”

Huh. We thought that was pretty much the purpose of government where gun control legislation is concerned. Anyway, the bill had passed the house and senate with far fewer votes than

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