Group seeks to expand gun sale background checks in Nevada

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Updated: 6/23/2014 7:54 am

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A group has filed an initiative petition with the secretary of state's office to expand background checks to nearly all gun sales in Nevada.

Nevadans for Background Checks, which filed the petition Friday, must gather 101,667 signatures by Nov. 11.

If the group does so, state lawmakers then would vote to approve or reject the petition in 2015. If rejected, the measure would go to Nevada voters in 2016.

Supporters say the proposal is intended to close a loophole in federal law that only requires background checks for gun sales at licensed dealers.

The petition would require unlicensed gun sales and transfers at gun shows and online to be conducted through a licensed dealer.

The Independent American Party criticized the petition, arguing restrictive gun laws lead to more crime.


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sierra11 - 6/23/2014 5:26 PM
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Fantastic points by everyone! But I just realized "They" have us chasing our tails in a circle. So 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 all of us UNLESS We give them the Power. Sorry but that's not going to happen while I'm still breathing free air!

Paladin - 6/23/2014 2:30 PM
2 Votes
Send these Bloomberg carpetbaggers from socialist new york packing back from whence they came. Another attempt at complete gun confiscation shrouded in what they hope looks like an innocent attempt to control gun sales to felons that shouldn't have them. Nevada will not buy in to their slight of hand. Every unbiased statistic you look at shows wherever there is more gun control there is more gun crime. Chicago is the latest greatest example. Virtually no way for a private citizen to carry a gun in Chicago and guess what, the highest violent crime rate in the country. It's out of control in that town.

ksdavishouse - 6/23/2014 12:48 PM
2 Votes
Pass a firearm down to one of your kids and a background check will be required. Buy a firearm for your minor child for the purpose of hunting and target shooting and you'll need a background check when they are old enough to possess a firearm. Buy a gun for your spouse and you'll need a background check on your spouse before they can take "ownership." Grandpa to Grandson pass down of a "family" heirloom firearm will also require a background check. Fail to adhere to the proposed new law, in these instances, will result in a criminal charge, fine and possible consfication of the firearm. Will these "new" background checks be kept on file so that the chain of ownership can be determined? This measure IS NOT legitimate gun control. It is a means of firearms ownership identification for the purpose of future firearms confiscation. Will law enforcement also be authorized to perform an "ownership" inspection of all firearms which were purchased under the proposed law? A "better" way to try and ensure that a firearms purchaser is legally able to buy a firearm is to have a "purchase" permit issued by the State either annually, semi-annually or monthly. Presentation of the purchase permit could then be required prior to any type of firearm sale. ANY legitimate seller of a firearm (licensed dealer or private seller) DOES NOT want to arm a felon or other individual who is not legally allowed to own a firearm. Currently, licensed dealers pass on the cost of the background check ($30-$50 for each transaction) to the buyer. Private sellers, under this proposed law, would have to utilize a licensed firearms dealer to facilitate the transfer and then pay the fee to the dealer. It would be more efficient and much more fair for the gun purchaser to be "pre-approved" with a purchase permit that the buyer would pay for prior to purchasing a firearm.

Speed - 6/23/2014 12:31 PM
2 Votes
So far,NOBODY has been able to explain how unconstitutionally restricting the Second Amendment Right of law abiding Citizens to own,carry and use firearms will prevent violent crimes in the US. I'm sorry,but NONE of their arguments in favor of Gun Control have ANY measure of solid fact to back them up. However,History PROVES that this Right is ESSENTIAL to a healthy Republic. Rather than making it harder for Constitutionally,legally entitled Citizens to get,carry and use Guns,why not work harder to capture CRIMINALS to reduce violent crime? It's proven every day that more guns in the hands of legal,responsible gun owners DIRECTLY reduces violent crime. It'd be SO NICE if these gun-grabbers would just use the BRAINS God gave 'em and stop ignoring FACTS and TRUTH in favor of legislating based on wishes,hopes,guesses and feelings. Can't they SEE how STUPID their behavior makes them look?

oldguyincc - 6/23/2014 8:00 AM
2 Votes
The Nevadans for Background Checks is a sub-group of Everytown for Gun Safety, which is backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, the ex-mayor of New York City, and the mayor of Boston, Tom Menino. New York, Chicago and Kalifornia have the strictest gun laws in the country...and the highest violent crime rates. Nevada State Senator Justin Jones, who is running for re-election in District 9 this year is a supporter of the Bloomberg/Menino gun eradication group. VOTE NO!

Time Out - 6/22/2014 9:53 PM
2 Votes
I wonder, if it was required (which it should be) would Bloomberg come here in person to promote his initiative petition rather than hide behind his personal fortune to impose his personal opinions and restrictions on Nevada residents. That requirement should be mandatory for any non-resident major financial supporter of such an initiative.

93FZJ80 - 6/22/2014 9:11 PM
2 Votes
This group is funded by ex-New York mayor Bloomberg. We don't need this tripe here.

taxpaying mom - 6/22/2014 8:50 PM
3 Votes
The people do not want this! This is out of state libertard money trying to influence Nevada. We aren't buying!

sonny89447 - 6/22/2014 7:45 PM
3 Votes
Hasnt this law already been run through our lawmakers and been vetoed by the Governor? Another waste of taxpayers money! Almost sure it money from out of state too!

sonny89447 - 6/22/2014 7:40 PM
4 Votes
Another group that wants to make criminals out of good people. I bet none of them even own firearms. Most people that own firearms are honest people and obey the law....pass this and it wont stop criminals because criminals dont obey the law!

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