Nevadans may live in “a world apart,” according to their new advertising campaign, but they sure know what they want… and don’t want. Today Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) vetoed a gun control measure passed by the Nevada Legislature that would have mandated background checks on all gun sales and transfers in the Silver State.
Nevada gun owners, gun advocates and Second Amendment champions shouted a collective “Hell Yes!” loud enough to be heard by Nanny Bloomberg and his gang of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, who had blanketed the Silver State with hundreds of thousands of dollars in radio and TV ads telling Nevadans to pass SB221, even though it would have done nothing to stop the rash of headline-grabbing shooting massacres.
SB221 would not have stopped most criminals from getting guns, yet the bill would have required even private citizens selling firearms to each other in Nevada to do a government-approved background check on each other… even parents who wanted to “gift” their guns to their adult children.
After the predominantly Democratic Nevada Assembly passed SB 221 (all Republicans and four Democrats opposed), Governor Sandoval’s office was deluged with calls and e-mails urging him to pass or veto the controversial bill. Call volume was so high, the Governor’s office set up a separate phone line in which people could simply vote for or against the bill. Totals were 4 to 1 against the gun background check bill.
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed the mandatory gun check bill today and said the background checks sections put “unreasonable” burdens on law-abiding Nevadans, while doing little to prevent criminals from getting firearms illegally.
Statement From the Nevada Firearms Coalition:
The Nevada Firearms Coalition thanks Governor Brian Sandoval for his veto of SB 221. The Governor put the wishes of his constituents over the lobbying and advertising dollars of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his gun control group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns….
The Nevada Firearms Coalition and the NRA has vigorously opposed the bill, as have thousands of sportsman, wildlife and citizen’s groups and the Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs Association, citing due process and Second Amendment concerns, and serious issues with the enforcement sections of the bill. As is frequently the case with gun control laws, the weight of SB 221 would have fallen on law-abiding gun owners, while criminals would have ignored it. It also would have disincentivized those with mental health problems from seeking help for fear of forfeiting their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
We applaud Governor Sandoval for listening to the citizens of the Silver State and letting Nevada’s laws be made by Nevadans and not by out-of-state lobbyists and activists.
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