Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday vetoed the only gun-control legislation to reach his desk ... since last month’s shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The legislation would require gun dealers be licensed by the state. Backers say it would help keep guns away from criminals.
Rauner, who’s facing a primary challenge from the right, announced his plan to veto the bill in an interview with WJPF radio.
“It’s unnecessary burdensome regulation.It’s redundant on top of existing federal regulations, it’s crushing to our small business owners and creates bureaucracy that really doesn’t help keep our communities safer.”
Democratic State Senator Don Harmon from Oak Park says the governor's decision is about politics.
"Rauner's obviously chosen to be the lap dog for the N-R-A, rather than represent the people of the state of Illinois. He wants to win his primary and neglect his primary responsibilities."
Rauner faces conservative challenger Jeanne Ives in next week's Republican primary.
Harmon says he'll try to override the governor's veto, but he'll need support from senators who previously voted no.