This Monday, Governor Rauner announced a call to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois. The proposal was part of a statement about his amendatory veto of gun-control legislation that calls for expanding Illinois’ 72-hour wait period for all gun purchases.
“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 stated.
According to Rauner, the defendants would have to be determined guilty beyond all doubt. Other proposed changes to the bill include banning bump socks and trigger cranks, requiring judges and prosecutors to explain why charges are reduced in plea agreements for violent offenders in gun cases, and passing a Gun Violence Restraining Order Act. The amendatory veto will be filed and then it will be up to the State House of Representatives to consider the proposal.