Yesterday, the Secretary of State certified that the petitions submitted for an anti-gun initiative for the 2016 general election ballot are sufficient.
This initiative was filed with the Secretary of State by the anti-gun “Nevadans for Background Checks,” likely affiliated with ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown for Gun Safety” and seeks to criminalize most private transfers and mandate background checks for nearly all gun transfers in Nevada, with very limited exceptions.
This incredibly overreaching proposal is substantially similar to legislation considered last year, which was staunchly opposed by the NRA and Second Amendment supporters, as well as the Nevada Sheriff’s and Chief’s Association, which testified against it. Ultimately, the 2013 legislation was vetoed by Governor Brian Sandoval (R).
This is just another attempt by anti-gun extremists to impose their radical beliefs on law-abiding gun owners in Nevada. So-called “universal” background checks are ineffective and unenforceable. They turn traditional innocent conduct into a criminal offense, and are simply ignored and circumvented by criminals.
Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated with more information on the initiative when it becomes available.