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Gov. Rauner calls for narrow reinstatement of death penalty in amendatory veto of gun bill

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CHICAGO (ABC News) - Governor Bruce Rauner dropped a bombshell Monday, saying he wants to narrowly re-instate the death penalty in the state of Illinois.

At the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Laboratory in Chicago, Rauner asked the Illinois General Assembly to re-instate the death penalty for mass murderers and anyone who kills a law enforcement agent.

The proposal is part of his public safety initiative and part of his amendatory veto plan for House Bill 1468 that he unveiled Monday, which urges lawmakers to extend the 72-hour waiting period for delivery of all gun purchases in Illinois, to ban bump stocks and trigger cranks and to authorize restraining orders to disarm dangerous individuals.

"It is a comprehensive package. It is the thoughtful package. It is good policy. Every one of these six points will significantly improve the safety of the people of Illinois and each piece is critically important," Rauner said. "Individuals who commit mass murder, individuals who choose to murder a law enforcement officer, they deserve to have their life taken. They deserve that."

The governor said in order to apply the death penalty, the accused would have to be guilty beyond all doubt.

Meanwhile, The Fraternal Order of Police say they are very supportive of this new death penalty proposal. They believe it will help keep officers safer.

The amendatory veto will be filed Monday and then it will be up to the State House of Representatives to consider the proposal.

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