Just this afternoon, Governor Bruce Rauner sent out a press release on a massive amendatory veto that concerned subjects ranging from the death penalty to gun control to making it easier to impose a sales tax for education.
State Rep. Allen Skillicorn expresses his reservations in the following press relese:
THREE STRIKES FOR THREE AMENDATORY VETOES
East Dundee, IL—Capitol Fax has reported that the Governor’s Amendatory Veto to HB1468 makes these three changes:
• reinstates the death penalty in Illinois
• requires 72 hour waiting period for sale of ALL guns
• creates the “firearm owner restraining order” without due process
As Amendatory Vetoes are unpopular with legislators, it is unclear what the next step will be.
Also, I have concerns with all three; first, Illinois’ death penalty prohibition came about after serious corruption was revealed. That corruption has not been corrected. Second, there is no evidence that waiting periods actually prevent crime. States without waiting periods do not experience less gun crime–is this just another law that only inconveniences the law abiding while doing nothing to curtail criminality? Third, an ex parte order of protection without just cause is an invitation to civil rights abuses and lawsuits.
As someone who deeply respects due process, all three of the vetoes are non-starters.