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Nevada group begins push for gun background checks

Reported by: Kelsey Thomas
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Updated: 8/19/2014 10:17 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- A group including a Nevada state senator and a former Clark County sheriff spearheaded a petition Monday to insert a gun purchase background check initiative on the 2016 statewide ballot.

Democratic Sen. Justin Jones, who was the first to sign the petition, sponsored a background check bill last year that Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed before it became law.

The other members of the group that kick-started the petition at the event held at Victory Missionary Baptist Church included pastor Robert Fowler; Lisa Lynn Chapman, community relations chief for Safe Nest; and former Clark County Sheriff Bill Young.

As it stands now, only gun stores in the state are required to run a criminal background check before a person can purchase a gun. Online dealers and gun shows that have unlicensed dealers are not required to make the checks.

The new ballot initiative would require all gun purchases made in Nevada to have the seller run a background check on the potential buyer.

Ron Reyes, of Discount Firearms and Ammo, supports background checks, but not this initiative. He thinks it’s on the seller to know who they are peddling a weapon to.

“If a person is selling a firearm to a private party and they don’t know who they’re selling it to, then shame on them,” Reyes said.

Reyes said that even with increased background checks, those who want to use a gun with malicious intentions will still be able to obtain one.

“Any person that intends to use a firearm with ill intent they’re going to find a way to get it anyway,” he said.

The group has until Nov. 11 to acquire the around 102,000 signatures needed to qualify for a statewide vote on the 2016 ballot.



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