In response to the July 8 story, "Latin Chamber endorses firearm ballot measure":
Maggie Arias-Petrel, chairwoman of the Latin Chamber, claims “passing Question 1 will make it harder for dangerous people to get guns, which will improve quality of life …” Nothing could be further from the truth.
Question 1 is a poorly written gun-control initiative that will not keep guns out the hands of criminals. Instead, the flawed measure would impose new government fees and mandates on law-abiding Nevadans that will cost them time, money and freedom. It would make criminals out of law-abiding gun owners for engaging in common, lawful activities.
For example, if a close friend or fiancé wanted to go shooting on BLM land and borrow a firearm, she must appear jointly at a federally licensed firearms dealer, pay a fee and undergo a background check. When finished, she must return to a licensed gun dealer and go through the whole process again. This is in addition to the background check both gun owners had to go through to buy their firearms.
If this sounds nuts, it is. More importantly, it does nothing to make Nevadans any safer.
The writer, Robert Uithoven, is campaign manager of Nevadans for Freedom, which opposes state Question 1 that will appear on the November ballot. This response originally appeared in the Las Vegas Journal Review on July 15, 2016.