Chicago mayor raps Rauner rejection of gun curbs

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel dismisses Gov. Bruce Rauner's complaint about gun violence in Chicago.

The Republican governor said Thursday that the Democratic mayor has "fundamentally failed, failed horribly" on public safety after shootings last weekend injured more than 70 and killed at least 11.

Adam Collins is Emanuel's spokesman. He says Rauner is to blame for his veto of legislation to crack down on illegal gun sales through state licensing of firearms dealers. Rauner rejected the plan from legislative Democrats as too burdensome on small businesses. Rauner has promised to veto another version of the plan that lawmakers have not yet sent him.

Collins says police "are taking roughly one gun an hour off the streets."

Police have will have 600 more officers in affected neighborhoods by this weekend.