Durkin: Gun Dealer Licensing Act override doesn't have the votes

Durkin: Gun Dealer Licensing Act override doesn't have the votes (File photo)

Almost a month after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the Gun Dealer Licensing Act, the bill sponsor said Tuesday he plans to file an override.

Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, who is sponsoring Senate Bill 1657, said he is cautiously optimistic it will pass.

Even if it passes in the Senate, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, said Tuesday that he thinks it will fall short of the votes needed in the House.

"I feel that this is a bill that will accomplish nothing in reducing the violent crime in the city of Chicago and also other parts of the state of Illinois," Durkin said. "I have supported other gun control measures that have been currently passed out of the House, but that is one that I feel is unnecessary and doesn't get the job done,"

The vetoed gun legislation made it back to the Senate chambers Tuesday.

Under Illinois law, they have 15 days to take action on the measure otherwise the bill dies.



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