Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

In Case You Missed It: Question 1-Style Law Wastes Law Enforcement Resources

Monday, September 19, 2016

In Case You Missed It: Question 1-Style Law Wastes Law Enforcement Resources

5-week investigation diverts law enforcement resources with no impact on public safety

According to a recent story in Oregon's Portland Tribune, after a 5-week investigation state police are declining to bring charges against a man who told reporters he violated the state’s new universal background check law. The law is almost identical to Nevada’s Question 1 gun control ballot initiative.

After winning an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in a charity raffle, Rev. Jeremy Lucas, told the Washington Post“that he and his wife then drove it to the home of a parishioner, a ‘responsible gun owner,’ who offered to keep the rifle locked up in a gun safe until the pastor is ready to destroy it.” Lucas, who was openly anti-gun, told the Washington Posthe wanted to destroy the gun so there would be “One less gun in the world.”

By failing to go through a federally licensed firearms dealer to conduct a background check before transferring the firearm to his parishioner, it seems clear Lucas violated the state’s universal background check law.

This troubling case raises serious concerns about Question 1:

  • It will tax scarce law enforcement resources
  • It will cost law-abiding Nevadans time, money and freedom
  • It will do nothing to stop criminals

Lucas lawyered up and on the advice of his counsel refused to cooperate with investigators. What about law-abiding citizens who run afoul of the law while exercising their constitutional rights and lack the resources to hire an attorney? Will they face charges? Under Nevada’s Question 1, a conviction could mean 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000 on a first offense.

Law-abiding Nevadans who don’t want to run afoul of Question 1 will be forced to spend time, money, and freedom complying with this new mandate. Just to share a firearm with a friend, both of them will have to go to licensed firearms dealer, pay a fee, fill out forms, and then go through the hassle a second time to return the firearm.

This Oregon case shows how otherwise law-abiding citizens can easily run afoul of the law and be forced to spend considerable financial resources to avoid criminal charges, fines and possible jail time.

To read the Oregon State Police report on the investigation, click here.

Oregon Pastor Case Confirms What Q1 Opponents Have Been Saying All Along!

“Enforcing [Question One] would tax already scarce law enforcement resources in Nevada. For example, the North Las Vegas police department was particularly hard hit by the Great Recession and barely avoided a state takeover. The department, like many around the state, is still strapped for cash.”

-Mario Alfonsi, Retired North Las Vegas police officer, Elko Daily Free Press, August 9, 2016

"It merely places more restrictions on good people, will make it more difficult, and incur unnecessary costs for law-abiding citizens to manage their personal property."

- Sheriff Sharon Wehrly, Nye County, Most Nevada sheriffs against gun background check initiative, July 31, 2016 

“As we all know, criminals do not obey the laws. It is ridiculous to think that criminal thugs will subject themselves to government background checks and fees like the rest of us. Instead, they will get their guns the way they always have, from theft and from other criminal associates."

- Niger Innis, Nevadans for State Gun Rights, Desert Valley Times, The Nevada Question of LibertyJuly 31, 2016

 For more on what Nevadans are saying about Question 1, click here.

This case makes crystal clear that so-called universal background check laws are unenforceable, and frankly a joke that will do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. This case in Oregon should be a wakeup call to every voter in Nevada that Question 1 will do nothing to make Nevadans any safer and is nothing more than a feel-good law for gun control advocates.” – Catherine Mortensen, NRA Nevadans For Freedom Spokesperson

TRENDING NOW
Hunter Biden Incident Shows that Gun Laws are for the Little People

News  

Monday, April 5, 2021

Hunter Biden Incident Shows that Gun Laws are for the Little People

There is a central hypocrisy at the heart of the gun control effort.

U.S. House Bows to Biden, Passes Legislation to Cancel Your RIGHT to Obtain a Firearm

News  

Monday, March 15, 2021

U.S. House Bows to Biden, Passes Legislation to Cancel Your RIGHT to Obtain a Firearm

The U.S. House Representatives, with the urging and support of Joe Biden, passed two bills on Thursday – H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446 – that would usher in a sweeping overhaul of how firearms are bought and sold in ...

South Carolina: Constitutional Carry Passes Critical Vote

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

South Carolina: Constitutional Carry Passes Critical Vote

Today, the House voted 69-47 to advance House Bill 3096 after second reading. This clears the way for H. 3096 to receive a third reading tomorrow, where the House can vote to pass it.

ATF Withdraws Pistol Brace “Guidance”

News  

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

ATF Withdraws Pistol Brace “Guidance”

On December 23rd, ATF posted a document to its website indicating that its recently published Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with “Stabilizing Braces” is withdrawn.

South Carolina House Passes Constitutional Carry

Friday, April 9, 2021

South Carolina House Passes Constitutional Carry

Yesterday, the House voted to pass House Bill 3096 on third reading. It has been sent to the Senate for further consideration.

BATFE Leadership Push Biden to Target Pistol Stabilizing Braces and Unfinished Receivers

News  

Monday, November 16, 2020

BATFE Leadership Push Biden to Target Pistol Stabilizing Braces and Unfinished Receivers

Just in case anyone needed further proof that much of the federal bureaucracy is more interested in serving themselves and left-wing political interests than public service, news broke this week that rogue elements of Bureau ...

Judge Affirms Hunters Can Use Traditional Ammo in NRA Case

News  

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Judge Affirms Hunters Can Use Traditional Ammo in NRA Case

On April 1st, a federal judge in Arizona sided with NRA-ILA and Safari Club International and held that hunters’ use of traditional ammo does not violate federal environmental law.

Statement on Gun Control Bills H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446

News  

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Statement on Gun Control Bills H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446

Jason Ouimet, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, released the following statement Thursday after the House passed gun control bills HR 8 and HR 1446

NRA-backed Constitutional Carry Signed in Tennessee

News  

Thursday, April 8, 2021

NRA-backed Constitutional Carry Signed in Tennessee

Gov. Bill Lee signs NRA-backed constitutional carry bill to advance the self-defense rights of all Tennessee gun owners. 

West Virginia: Pro-Gun Bills Pass

Thursday, April 8, 2021

West Virginia: Pro-Gun Bills Pass

Yesterday, the House of Delegates promptly voted 87-0 to concur with the Senate amendments to House Bill 2793. It now goes to Governor Jim Justice’s desk for his signature.

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.