Hearing set on move to block NV gun initiative

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Updated: 7/21 10:11 am

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Carson District Judge James Wilson has set an Aug. 1 hearing on a move to block an initiative petition to expand background checks to nearly all gun sales in Nevada.

A group called Nevadans for Background Checks filed the petition on June 20, saying it was spurred by Gov. Brian Sandoval's veto of similar legislation passed by the 2013 Legislature.

But a group of opponents filed a lawsuit on July 14 to block the initiative.

Among other objections, opponents say the petition fails to make clear it would impose criminal penalties "even for a sale between law abiding citizens."

The Nevada Appeal reports opponents also say the language should be changed to make it clear to voters that "it criminalizes formerly voluntary conduct."


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