Bruce Rauner said Tuesday he'll reject legislation to mandate gun shops in his state obtain licenses to sell firearms.
"It's just not right. It's crushing to our small business owners, and creates bureaucracy that really doesn't help keep our communities safer", he told WJPF News Radio in southern IL.
The bill would require the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to collect $1,000 from each dealer for a five-year license.
The legislation, which passed the General Assembly last month, would require all gun dealers in IL to obtain licenses from the state.
While the legislation had bipartisan support in the House and Senate, it did not pass with enough votes to override a veto.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who had repeatedly pressured Rauner to sign the legislation in recent weeks, accused the governor of putting next week's primary election before public safety. In a statement on Tuesday, Emanuel said: "With one week left in his campaign, Governor Rauner just put his primary election ahead of his primary responsibility to protect the safety of the people of Chicago and IL".
"But Rauner said Tuesday the measure amounts to burdensome regulation".
"The governor's decision was cruel, it was cold and it was calculated to benefit his own politics at the expense of public safety".
Mayor Emanuel says time of is the essence and that Rauner should act now.
The legislature is considering several other gun control measures, including bills to raise the minimum age at which someone could purchase an assault-style weapon, a ban on bump stocks and a 72-hour waiting period for assault weapon purchases. To make schools safer, Rauner suggested "highly trained, highly well-armed security personnel at our schools who are very, very talented and able to protect our students". It would also require training to help gun shop employees identify a buyer purchasing a gun for someone else.