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Nevada: Important Firearm Commerce Bill Reaches Governor’s Desk

Monday, May 9, 2011

Assembly Omnibus Gun Bill Goes to the Senate

 

Assembly Bill 217, introduced by Assemblyman John Ellison (R-33) has been enrolled and is on its way to Governor Brian Sandoval for his signature. AB 217 would allow residents of non-contiguous states to purchase long guns in Nevada.  In addition, it would also allow Nevada residents to purchase long guns in non-contiguous states.  If enacted, this legislation would bring Nevada in line with the protections provided by the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986, which allows the interstate sale of long guns by federally licensed firearms dealers.  

 

Please contact the Governor and ask that he sign into law this important legislation. You can contact Governor Sandoval by phone at (775) 684-5670 or e-mail him by clicking here.

 

Assembly Bill 282, the four-point pro-gun omnibus bill brought forward by Assembly Speaker John Oceguera (D-16), will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee this Wednesday, May 11 at 8:00 a.m. in Room 2149.

 

As previously reported, the NRA has had some concerns related to the section of the bill which mandates a background investigation on right to carry permit renewals in order to regain the NICS exemption for firearm purchases.  According to representatives with the Department of Public Safety, they were told by a legal adjunct with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) that the process for renewing concealed carry weapons (CCW) permits must be as stringent as the initial application process.  That has been interpreted by DPS to mean that a fingerprint check on renewals must be completed, hence the insertion of a DPS-requested amendment that statutorily mandates that costs associated with a full fingerprint check be passed on to the carry permit holder when going through the renewal process. 

 

The reason for the NRA's opposition to this language was a) why must such costs be statutorily mandated since the issuing agencies were charging for the fingerprint checks anyway (assuming that this is what was required for the NICS exemption); and b) there are extreme differences between what BATFE has informed Nevada on what constitutes criteria for NICS exemption and the numerous other states that have received this exemption. 

 

It is incumbent upon the NRA to use every tool at our disposal to ensure that these criteria are being implemented equally among the states for the protection of Nevada gun owners.

 

It was not our intent to hold up AB 282 to the detriment of the other issues contained within this measure - and we won't continue to do so due to the time constraints held by the legislative deadlines, but this matter will continue to be pursued by our Legal Division in the coming months to make sure that Nevada is not held to a higher standard than other states who have attained the NICS exemption or their carry permit holders not be on the hook financially for something that is not a prerequisite.

 

Please to contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee below and politely ask that they support Assembly Bill 282.

 

Senate Judiciary Committee:

 

Senator Valerie Wiener (D-Clark County, No. 3), Chairman

(775) 684-1422        

vwiener@sen.state.nv.us

 

Senator Allison Copening (D-Clark County, No. 6), Vice Chairman

(775) 684-1475        

acopening@sen.state.nv.us

 

Senator Shirley Breeden (D-Clark County, No. 5)

(775) 684-1457       

sbreeden@sen.state.nv.us

 

Senator Ruben Kihuen (D-Clark County, No. 10)

(775) 684-1427        

rkihuen@sen.state.nv.us

 

Senator Don Gustavson (R-Washoe County, No. 2)

(775) 684-1480       

dgustavson@sen.state.nv.us

 

Senator Mike McGinness (R-Central Nevada)

(775) 684-1442       

mmcginness@sen.state.nv.us

 

Senator Michael Roberson (R-Clark County, No. 5)

(775) 684-1481       

mroberson@sen.state.nv.us
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