Gov. Rauner Addresses Some Gun Control Issues

Mar 2, 2018

The push is on in Springfield to pass some sort of gun control measures in the wake of the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida on Valentine's Day.

One measure would prohibit anyone under 21 from buying an assault weapon.

During an event in Murphysboro Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner said he does not support that proposal.

"We already have a 21-year-old age for (purchasing) handguns. We have a 21-year age requirement for long guns, except if parental permission is granted. You have to be 21 to get a FOID card in Illinois. We've already got plenty of restrictions."

Advocates for gun control have renewed their push to require Illinois firearm stores to get state licenses, saying federal regulations don't go far enough to ensure sales are handled properly.

But, Rauner was non-committal about the licensing proposal.

"I'm a hunter. I'm a gun owner. I'm a supporter of the 2nd amendment. I'm also a believer we should not put undo burden on our small businesses. We will review the bill and take proper action."
Rauner said he is in favor of some sort of ban on bump stocks.

He said any gun control legislation must be bi-partisan.