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Illinois Lawmakers Fail to Override Veto of Licensing Gun Shops


The Illinois General Assembly was unable to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a measure to license gun shops. The deadline passed Wednesday.
State Senator Don Harmon – an Oak Park Democrat -- said in a statement he didn’t have the necessary votes in the House to call for the override.  This is on the same day hundreds of pro-gun owners marched to the state capitol to ask legislators oppose the measure.
Gabriel Stevens is a 17-year-old who came with his father and siblings.  The experience, he says, was that of a day of civic engagement. 

“The reason we’re all out here today is for freedom and everyone should have the right to bear arms. Like my dad said, it's for everyone coming out here."

Others who joined the rally say the gun licensing legislation would be harmful for small shops and not affordable. 

Harmon says he will try again before lawmakers  are set to adjourn at the end of next month.