Illinois gun bill override faces deadline, thousands of opponents

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Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois Democrats hoping to clamp down on gun violence face the clock, an uncertain roll call and thousands of gun-rights advocates.

Wednesday is the deadline to override Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation requiring state licensing of firearms dealers .

Democratic Sen. Don Harmon of Oak Park ditched a Tuesday night vote and suggested he first wanted to ensure there were enough House votes to override too.

The measure would require five-year gun-shop licenses, employee training and in-store videotaping. Rauner vetoed it as “burdensome regulation.”

Complicating an override Wednesday is the annual Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day . The Illinois State Rifle Association’s Richard Pearson suspects the gun restrictions lawmakers are considering will boost lobby-day attendance this year.

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