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Harmon: ‘Victory’ is protecting Illinoisans, not political win against governor

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 05:06 PM
Harmon Gun Safety
harmon 042518Gun dealer licensing to be reintroduced on existing bill; work will continue

SPRINGFIELD – Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) issued the following statement today on his decision not to call a vote to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of the Gun Dealer Licensing Act:

“Today, I made the difficult decision not to ask the Senate to override Gov. Rauner’s veto of the gun dealer licensing bill.

“While I am confident that I had the votes in the Senate to override the veto, I could not assure my colleagues that the House would vote against the governor, particularly given his vociferous and unreasonable opposition to this measure.

“In the past few days, I have had productive conversations with suburban Republican members, in particular Senator Chris Nybo, that make me believe we can create a new path to regulating gun dealers in Illinois.

“I have also recently received overtures and encouragement from unexpected and unconventional allies who can better inform our decision making as we move forward towards a successful resolution.

“While making this decision, I frequently reminded myself that ‘victory’ is not overriding Gov. Rauner’s veto or winning any other political battle in the Capitol. Victory means protecting the people we represent from the senseless violence fueled by the ready availability of guns in our communities.

“Today, I am reintroducing the substance of the Gun Dealer Licensing Act as an amendment to an existing bill, Senate Bill 337, and I will begin work immediately on gathering support for the measure.

“Licensing gun dealers at the state level is a sensible step to reduce gun violence, and I will not give up. I am sure we will enact this measure – under this administration or the next.”
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18 hours ago

The vote to overturn the veto of the Gun Dealers Licensing bill SB1657 was not called.
Governor Rauner’s veto stands.

Thank you Senator Don Harmon for your 16 year fight to bring about responsible gun laws in Illinois!

From the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence

Gov Rauner's veto of SB1657 Gun Dealer Licensing stands. Thank you to everyone for all of the years and months of hard work and dedication. I am so proud of being a part of this team. Thank you to everyone who called, emailed, phonebanked, wrote cards, filled out witness slips, lobbied in Springfield and in their legislators' district offices. You are all heroes. Now...let's VOTE RAUNER OUT!
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21 hours ago


I may have to vote today, so Maile’s outfit is prepped. I made sure she has a jacket so she doesn’t violate the Senate floor dress code (which requires blazers). I’m not sure what the policy is on duckling onesies, but I think we’re ready

.@DonHarmonIL joins @MomsDemand to urge gun dealer licensing override https://t.co/ExGkZb7V5w #OurOneJob

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