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Sandoval vetoes universal background checks legislation

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Updated: 6/13/2013 5:47 pm
CARSON CITY (KSNV — A bill mandating universal background checks on all gun sales in Nevada was vetoed this morning by Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Sections in SB221, aside from the background checks, included faster reporting of court-findings of mental illness and requiring a doctor to report

Democratic Sen. Justin Jones of Las Vegas, the bill’s primary sponsor, released this statement: “I am deeply disappointed that Governor Sandoval has joined with legislative Republicans in obstructing common sense legislation to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals and those with severe mental illnesses.

"Despite the Governor’s decision, I am grateful to my Democratic colleagues in the Senate and Assembly who courageously stood with the 86% of Nevadans who support universal background checks.

“The stories shared by family members of victims of tragedies from Sandy Hook to Tucson to the IHOP a few blocks from the Governor’s office touched many of us over the past few weeks. The support of these family members of victims will forever remain as an inspiration to me and my colleagues to continue to work for increased public safety and responsible gun ownership.

"As a father, and as a legislator, I will continue to fight to pass universal background checks in Nevada because nothing is more important than keeping our children and our families safe.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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