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Lawmakers react to potential override of Gun Licensing Bill

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WSIL -- Almost a month after Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed the Gun Dealer Licensing Act, the bill sponsor said he plans to file an override. News Three talked with three local Representatives that say, if the override comes up in the House, they won't support it. 

Last month, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a gun control bill he called "duplicative" of federal laws. 

The bill would require gun dealers to pay for a state license and require further training for their employees on how to do background checks. 

"We already have federal licensing required. I believe that is sufficient. We don't need our small gun dealers around here, that are our friends, to have to pay this exuberant amount," said Rep. Natalie Phelps-Finnie. 

Democratic Phelps-Finnie sided with other rural democrats in voting no on that legislation. 

"Many of us here in southern Illinois, the majority of us, agree that we do not believe gun legislation is really the answer," said Phelps-Finnie.  

The bill has been brought up several times in committee according to Representative Terri Bryant, who says, the bill targets two dealers in Chicago who have provided guns to violent offenders.  But Bryant fears the bill for other reasons. 

"To add another burdensome regulation on those who are already regulated is a small business killer," said Rep. Bryant. 

Supporters of the bill are rallying for support for that veto, which they'll need to get within ten days. 

Representative Dave Severin feels bills like this are for personal gain.

"This is an election year. So some of these bills are "gotcha bills." Some of them are just trying to get people on record for where they stand or what they stand for or don't stand for. A lot of this is gamesmanship going on," said Rep. Severin. 

The veto is expected to be brought up as early as Tuesday. 

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