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Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs Delay Vote on Major CCW Reform

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Please contact your county Sheriff TODAY!

During its annual meeting last month, the Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs Association tabled a motion that would have authorized the group's representatives to send a letter to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) asking them to re-instate the instant background check exemption for Nevada concealed carry weapons (CCW) permit holders. During the 2011 legislative session, the Nevada legislature passed   Assembly Bill 282, which requires a background check on CCW permit renewals. AB 282 was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval on June 17.

According to those who attended last month’s meeting, the "vote to authorize a formal letter" was delayed until the September 17 meeting in Fallon so the sheriffs could "evaluate the impact the NICS exemption would have on their agencies."

This lack of action on the part of the sheriffs is extremely troubling as Nevada's CCW permit holders have been eagerly anticipating the renewal of the NICS exemption, and state legislators who voted to support AB 282 did so with the understanding that this was a top priority for the Department of Public Safety and the Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs Association. In fact, enactment of the provisions in AB 282 took effect on July 1 for the purpose of "fast-tracking" the application for exemption to BATFE.

If the formal letter from the Nevada Sheriffs and Chiefs Association to BATFE requesting the re-instatement of the NICS exemption is not sent soon, Nevada’s CCW permit holders are subject to months of additional background check fees on firearm purchases.

Please politely contact your county Sheriff NOW and ask him to move forward with the request to BATFE without delay and without an unnecessary vote. The only vote that counted was the overwhelming mandate from the Nevada Legislature and Governor Sandoval enacting AB 282! Contact information for your county Sheriff is below:

Nevada Sheriffs:

Carson City
Sheriff Kenneth Furlong
Phone: (775) 887-2020 ext. 1703
Email: kfurlong@carson.org

Churchill County
Sheriff Ben Trotter
Phone: (775) 423-3116
Email: sheriff@cccomm.net

Clark County
Sheriff Douglas C Gillespie
Non-emergency: (702) 828-3231
Email: sheriff@lvmpd.com

Douglas County
Sheriff Ron Pierini
Phone: (775) 782-9900
Email: rpierini@co.douglas.nv.us

Elko County
Sheriff James Pitts
Phone: (775) 738-3421
Email: elkosheriff@elkocountynv.net

Esmeralda County
Sheriff Kenneth Elgan
Phone: (775) 485-6373
Email: ecso@frontiernet.net

Eureka County
Sheriff Kenneth E Jones
Phone: (775) 237-5330
Email: kjones.ecso@eurekanv.org

Humboldt County
Sheriff Ed Kilgore
Phone: (775) 623-6419
Email: h101@hcsonv.com

Lander County
Sheriff Ron Unger
Phone: (775) 635-5161
Email: sheriffunger@landerso.org

Lincoln County
Sheriff Kerry Lee
Phone: (775) 962-5151
Email: klee@lcso-nv.org

Lyon County
Sheriff Allen Veil
Phone: (775)463-6600
Email: aveil@lyon-county.org

Mineral County
Sheriff Michael Dillard
Phone: (775) 945-2434
Email: mdillard@mineralcountynv.org

Nye County
Sheriff Anthony L. DeMeo
Phone: (775) 482-8101
Email: ademeo@co.nye.nv.us

Pershing County
Sheriff Richard Machado
Phone: (775) 273-5111
Email: rmachado@pershingcounty.net

Storey County
Sheriff Gerald Antinoro
Phone: (775) 847-0959
Email: gantinoro@storeycountynv.org

Washoe County
Sheriff Michael Haley
Phone: (775) 328-3001
Email: sheriffweb@washoecounty.us

White Pine County
Sheriff Dan Watts
Phone:(775) 289-8808
Email: sheriffwatts@mwpower.net

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