Senate Passes Bill That Could Change Private Gun Sales

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Updated: 5/22/2013 5:49 pm
CARSON CITY, NEV. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)-- After two hours of discussion, Senate Bill 221 passes the Senate 11 to 10. The vote came down party lines.

Senate Bill 221 would require background checks on almost every private gun sale. The bill would also require psychiatrists to report if a mentally ill person made a specific threat.  Lawmakers who spoke for and against on Wednesday didn't show any opposition to the mental health part of the bill.

Lawmakers spent Wednesday afternoon going back and forth on the issue. Some supporters shared personal accounts of losing loved ones due to gun violence. Opponents not ignoring those stories, but saying the bill had several loopholes and ultimately wouldn't stop criminals from accessing firearms.

"I've never really said this to anyone here, I'm a Democrat and I'm a gun owner," said Kihuen who is in support of Senate Bill 221.

The bill's primary sponsor, Sen. Justin Jones, was pleased the bill passed.

"This is about standing with the victims, standing with law enforcement, standing with the 86 percent of Nevadans who support background checks, and I'm glad they stand with me today," says Sen. Jones.

Senator Jones told lawmakers Wednesday that more than two million people have been denied the purchase of a gun after a background check.

Opponents argue the bill wouldn't stop criminals, but make it harder for responsible, law-abiding gun owners.

"Private party background checks that have been done in other states have not led to any safety issues, it has created situations where lawful gun owners now have new hoops they have to jump through," says Sen. James Settelmeyer.

Sen. Settelmeyer spoke out against the bill today ending his remarks with "my father died at the hand of a gun, and I don't blame the gun."

If the bill is signed into law, those who hand over weapons improperly would lose gun rights for two years, and in some cases face prison time.

There were several supporters of the bill today who don't live in Nevada, but have been victims of gun violence.  Colonel Bill Badger is one of those people. Col. Badger was with Gabby Giffords in Tucson, AZ, when Jared Loughner allegedly opened fire. Col. Badger says he rushed Loughner after getting shot in the head.

"We agreed that we were going to try and do something to prevent these types of tragedies from happening again," said Col. Badger.

The bill now heads to the Assembly for a vote. 
















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nubgnngs42 - 5/22/2013 7:30 PM
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Time for a lawsuit and Dem recalls as Colorado is doing now. Where's that story?

Deadmeat99 - 5/22/2013 6:29 PM
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There is no way to enforce this bill without registration of all firearms in Nevada. Ownership is impossible to prove without registration, therefore determining who has illegally transferred a weapon will be impossible to prosecute. The Democrats will push for California-style registration next session in order to give this law teeth.

sonny89447 - 5/22/2013 6:24 PM
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Why didn't the story that was aired about Senate Bill 221 explain that if this bill passes the seller would have to go to a firearm shop and pay for the background check? We will not be able to access this information on our own or through a state/ city agency. I think Senator Jones has been gettin his info from the same place Nevada has been getting their Unemployment numbers because I am sure that "86 percent of Nevadans who support background check" is a made up number just to pass this law. As for the people from AZ, I feel sorry for them.....but this is Nevada, Not Arizona.

nubgnngs42 - 5/22/2013 5:57 PM
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Where's he getting this 86% from? Not in Nevada he didn't. This won't make any difference in anything except give a warm fuzzy to Dems so they can claim next election that they did something which amounted to nothing.
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