Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed the Gun Dealer Licensing Act on Tuesday.
It would have required gun shops to get licensed with the state. That would come with fines and other regulations for those shops.
Republicans who opposed it said it would create a big government registry and hurt small business.
Next week's Primary Election might have forced the governor's hand. The governor faces a tough primary challenge from conservative Jeanne Ives who says the governor has betrayed Republicans too often.
(This story was originally published on March 13, 2018)
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