Group looking to expand background checks for nearly all Nevada gun sales

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Updated: 6/23 9:44 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Nevadans for Background Checks filed an initiative petition Friday with the Secretary of State's office to expand background checks for nearly all gun sales in Nevada.

The petition would require unlicensed gun sales and transfers at gun shows and online to be conducted through a licensed dealer, with some exceptions including law enforcement and antique firearms sales or transfers. But before state lawmakers would vote on this, nearly 102,000 signatures are needed by November 11. "The initiative is basically there to prevent people who shouldn't have guns, not be able to get them," said Nevadans for Background Checks advocate John Saludes.

Advocates say the background check initiative will close loopholes in Nevada law that makes it too easy for people such as criminals to buy guns. "I'm a gun owner and I enjoy my guns," said Saludes. "But I think there's a point where you have to bring sanity to the ownership of weapons, and with weapon ownership, there's a responsibility."

However, State Chairman of the Independent American Party John Wagner disagrees. He believes requiring more background checks won't stop crime. "You take a look at the last few shootings, would a background check have stopped any of those shootings, I say the answer is no," said Wagner. "Bad guys don’t necessarily get background checks, they buy the guns on the street that somebody else has stolen."

Still, Saludes believes it will help reduce crime and he says data shows just that. The Nevadans for Background Checks say states that require background checks for all gun sales, 38 percent fewer women are shot to death by intimate partners. "Gun initiatives that don’t infringe on the right to bear arms, but keep those people that shouldn’t have the hand guns, keep them out of their hands, and that’s what we're trying to do," said Saludes.

But Wagner believes there are enough gun laws in place, they just need to be enforced. News 4 also spoke with owner of Maccabee Arms Sharon Oren, who agrees with him. "What is going on is there is not enough enforcement of current laws that should be enforced," said Oren. "Instead of new ones, that can't be enforced anyways."

A similar background check measure passed the legislature in 2013, but was vetoed by Governor Brian Sandoval. Still, if Nevadans for Background Checks gets enough signatures, state lawmakers would vote to approve or reject the petition next year. And if rejected, the measure would go to Nevada voters in 2016.
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CRMreno - 6/23/2014 11:17 PM
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Do people not realize that most sales made at gun shows are through licensed FFLs who must run a background check for every sale they make- including gun shows? Online sales also require the firearm to be shipped to a licensed dealer who then transfers the firearm to the buyer. I don't see what this law really changes at all? It looks to me like a bunch of gun control advocates who know nothing about current laws wrote this as a feel good measure. It won't do anything.

JanetteD - 6/23/2014 10:43 PM
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This Washington Post story says background checks do make a difference: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/04/03/why-expanding-background-checks-would-in-fact-reduce-gun-crime/

sierra11 - 6/23/2014 6:07 PM
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We need to keep it SIMPLE and to the point! The 2nd Amendment states; THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED! Well I think this group has just infringed on our Bill of Rights! "THEY" cannot touch any of us UNLESS We give them the Power. Sorry but that's not going to happen while I'm still breathing free air! You Attorneys and Judges, Men of Moral Fortitude........where are YOU! You all spent your families money, been to school for your specialty, did you learn anything in College? Now is the time to come forward or you are no better than the Men that stood by and let Adolf Hitler and Joe Stalin to the SAME THING!
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