Controversial gun law could be making comeback in Illinois

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A controversial gun law Illinois Governor Rauner struck down could be making a comeback sooner than expected.

Usually with a new General Assembly, you have to start the bill making process over from scratch.

But if bill supporters get their way– they’d be able to send it straight to governor elect Pritzker.

One gun control measure that ignited massive protests at the capitol, may quietly become law.

"The sooner we can put it into effect and have the results that we’re actually going to save lives that much better."

Supporters of the gun dealer licensing bill are hoping to hurry the plan through to governor elect JB Pritzker’s desk without another vote.

Governor Rauner vetoed the controversial plan last year. It places new fees and safety rules on gun shops.

Representative Kathleen Willis spearheaded the plan in the house and says there’s no need to waste time.

"We did a lot of hard work to get a compromised bill that passed with bipartisan support so let’s just go and be over and one with and put an end to that action."

Right now, the plan’s on a procedural hold in the senate.

Normally bills die once session ends and have to be revived next session.

The procedural hold freezes the plan- allowing lawmakers to pick up where they left off instead.

Opponents like the Illinois rifle association call the maneuver illegal.

"I don’t think that’s legal either I think that once Governor Rauner’s out of office he’s out office I don’t think Pritzker can sign this legislation."

Representative Jeanne Ives who voted against the plan argues it’ll hurt small gun shop owners.

She believes this could turn into a court battle and says democrats are better off waiting until they have control.

"If this there holy grail and if this is there first act of defiance against small business owners then let them do it and own it with all the democrats voting for the nonsense."

Right now, the gun dealer licensing bill has enough votes to pass a vote in the house and senate.

The senate president says they’re exploring options to get the plan passed as soon as possible.

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(This story was originally published on January 7, 2019)

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January 7, 2019 at 10:10PM

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