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Action Needed on Several Pro-Gun Bills in Nevada

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A handful of pro-gun measures that have been working their way through the legislative process since February have slowed significantly due to committee deadlines and the inevitable political maneuvering that comes with an aggressive NRA agenda.  The following is an update of the current status of these bills:

On March 30, Senate Bill 126 received a hearing in the Assembly Judiciary Committee and was sent to work session after the author, state Senator James Settelmeyer (R-Capitol Senatorial), refused to allow his bill to be swept up into an omnibus bill, AB 282.  SB 126 had previously passed in the state Senate by a 21 to 0 vote.  SB 126 would streamline the Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit application and qualification process to allow a permit applicant to qualify with any semi-automatic firearm, similar to the current process for any revolver.  Please contact members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee and ask them to support SB 126 by scheduling a work session on this bill.  Contact information for this committee can be found by clicking here.

Assembly Bill 143, introduced by Assemblyman David Bobzien (D-24), is similar in nature to SB 126 regarding the use of any semi-automatic firearm and any revolver to qualify for a CCW permit.  AB 143 would also ensure that the identity of CCW permit holders is kept confidential.  AB 143 passed in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on March 11 by a unanimous 14 to 0 vote, however, it has not been scheduled for a floor vote because these two issues have been incorporated into AB 282.  Please contact your Assemblyman and urge him or her to call for an independent floor vote in support of AB 143.  Contact information can be found here.

On March 14, Assembly Bill 217 passed in the state Assembly by a 42 to 0 vote and has been sent to the Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee.  Sponsored by Assemblyman John Ellison (R-33), AB 217 would allow residents of non-contiguous states to purchase long guns in Nevada.  In addition, it would allow Nevada residents to purchase long guns from non-contiguous states.  This would bring Nevada in line with the protections provided by the federal Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986, which allows the interstate sale of long guns by federally licensed firearms dealers.  State Senator Michael Schneider (D-11), the Chairman of the Senate committee slated to hear this bill, has yet to schedule a hearing.  Please contact members of the Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee and ask them to support AB 217.  Committee contact information can be found here. 

Assembly Bills 185 and 205, sponsored by Assemblymen Ed Goedhart (R-36) and Pat Hickey (R-25) respectively, did not receive a hearing in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on March 30 as scheduled.  These bills were also lifted into AB 282. 

Please contact Senator Settelmeyer and Assemblymen Bobzien, Goedhart and Hickey for their continued support of the Second Amendment by working diligently on issues important to the Silver State.  Contact information can be found below. 

Senator James Settelmeyer (R-Capitol Senatorial)                      
(775) 684-1470                    
jsettelmeyer@sen.state.nv.us

Assemblyman David Bobzien (D-24)
(775) 684-8559
dbobzien@asm.state.nv.us

Assemblyman Ed Goedhart (R-36)
(775) 684-8805
egoedhart@asm.state.nv.us

Assemblyman Pat Hickey (R-25)
(775) 684-8837
phickey@asm.state.nv.us

Assembly Bill 321, a newly-introduced measure by Assembly Speaker Oceguera, would ensure that current Nevada case law is memorialized into the Nevada Revised Statutes by providing that under the case of justifiable homicide, there is no duty to retreat if the person using deadly force is not the original aggressor, has a right to be present at the location where deadly force is used, and is not engaged in criminal activity at the time deadly force is used.  AB 321 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Judiciary Committee this Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 a.m. in room 3138 of the Legislative Building in Carson City.  The hearing will also be teleconferenced live in room 4401 of the Grant Sawyer Building in Las VegasPlease contact members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee and ask them to support AB 321.  Committee contact information for this committee can be found here.

Friday, April 15, is the deadline for all bills to be passed out of their originating policy committees.  The pro-gun bills listed below have yet to be either heard or scheduled for a work session:

Senate Bills 175 and 279, sponsored by state Senator Don Gustavson (R-2), would allow all information relating to CCW permit holders to be held confidential and that a background check be mandated on permit renewals in order to regain the NICS exemption lost in 2008.  Both bills received a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee but have not been scheduled for a work session. 

Also from Senator Gustavson is Senate Bill 179, which would allow for the issuance of a license plate in support of the Second Amendment.  SB 179 has been assigned to the Senate Transportation Committee but has yet to be scheduled for a policy hearing. 

Please contact the committee chairmen and ask that these bills be scheduled before the deadline expires.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman
Senator Valerie Wiener (D-Clark County, No. 3)
(775) 684-1422        
vwiener@sen.state.nv.us

Senate Transportation Committee Chairman
Senator Shirley Breeden (D-Clark County, No. 5)
(775) 684-1457       
sbreeden@sen.state.nv.us

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