Pressure Mounts for Rauner to Sign Bills to Prevent Gun Violence
Chicago, IL – With the Gun Dealer Licensing Bill sitting on his desk, Bruce Rauner is facing mounting pressure to immediately sign the vital legislation.
Cardinal Blase Cupich pushed the new legislation to curb gun violence on WTTW, saying, “we have a responsibility as leaders to do our best to improve the situation.” The Chicago Sun-Times also called for immediate action in an editorial:
From Chicago Sun-Times: Editorial: It’s common sense, governor. Sign the gun bill:
The governor’s spokesperson said the bill had just reached the governor’s desk and he needs time to look it over.
But he doesn’t need time to look it over, not really. This is not a new idea. The Legislature has been working on it for years. Hearings have been held. Opinions from various stakeholders have been solicited. Provisions have been amended. […]
We need a signal — now — that the governor is ready to join the effort to reduce gun violence. Others have recognized that things have changed. Enough Republicans and Downstate Democrats came off the sidelines to send the gun dealer licensing bill to the governor. They know Illinois can’t wait another day to start doing more to protect its citizens.
It’s time for action, not delay.
“With a primary looming, Bruce Rauner would rather play politics than take swift action to curb gun violence,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “JB Pritzker has called on Rauner to immediately sign the Gun Dealer Licensing Act and that’s exactly what this governor should do to help keep our communities safe.”