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Rauner Signals He'll Wait On Gun-Licensing Bill

Craig Dellimore
March 12, 2018 - 4:27 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Gov. Bruce Rauner will not say if he will sign the gun-shop licensing bill now on his desk, and officials on both sides of the issue are taking aim at him.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore has that story.

Rauner, who faces a Republican primary challenge next week, said he's not ready to commit to any specific legislation before him -- except for a bill to ban bump stocks that can make a semi-automatic weapons fire rapidly.

Rauner added he intends to take many days to reach a bipartisan consensus on gun legislation. Many days would take him past next week's political primaries.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the licensing bill is needed now.

“This is not time for hemming and hawing,” he said. “It’s not a time to sleep on it. This has been in the works for 15 years.”

Rauner's conservative Republican challenger, state Rep. Jeanne Ives, who voted against the gun shop bill, also says the governor should reveal his position before the primary.

Ives predicts Rauner will betray conservatives and sign the bill.