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Nevada Governor Joins Sheriffs In Opposing Question 1

Nevada Governor Joins Sheriffs In Opposing Question 1

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While Michael Bloomberg and other big-money gun-ban advocates pump megabucks into the highly restrictive and ill-advised background check initiative on Nevada’s November ballot, more and more influential Nevadans are lining up in opposition to the scheme.

In the latest news coming out of Nevada, Gov. Brian Sandoval has now voiced his opposition to Question 1.

“Consistent with his previous actions on this issue, the governor does not support Question 1,” said Sandoval’s spokesman, Mari St. Martin. “He has concerns that this measure would dilute the legitimate rights of law-abiding Nevadans and that it does not actually address the complex issue of keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals.” In fact, Sandoval’s concerns are legitimate ones.

In fact, Sandoval’s concerns are legitimate ones. For example, according to NRA-ILA, if a close friend or fiancé wanted to go shooting on federal BLM land and borrow a firearm, they must appear jointly with the gun owner at a federally licensed firearms dealer, pay a fee, and undergo a federal background check. When finished, they 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 initially buy their firearms.  

Further, if a member of the military gets deployed overseas and wants a friend to store his or her firearms, the two would have to go through the same hassle—spending time and money to comply with the government mandates. The initiative is equally poorly worded when it comes to gun transfers in cases of self-defense. For example, if a woman’s estranged husband or boyfriend is stalking or threatening her and she can’t afford a gun to protect herself, a friend could only legally loan her a gun at the very moment her ex is standing over her about to attack.   

Sandoval’s announcement comes in the wake of widespread opposition to Question 1 by law-enforcement officers in the state. A majority of the county sheriffs in Nevada are opposing the initiative, including Ken Furlong, Carson County; Ben Trotter, Churchill County; Ron Pierini, Douglas County; Jim Pitts, Elko County; Keith Logan, Eureka County; Ron Unger, Lander County; Kerry Lee, Lincoln County; Al McNeil, Lyon County; Sharon Wehrly, Nye County; Gerald Antinoro, Storey County; Chuck Allen, Washoe County; and Mike Allen, Humboldt County. 

Wehrly, the sheriff in Nye County, recently told the Associated Press that Question 1 would make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment right to self-protection.

“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,” she said. “The core principle is not to infringe our right to keep and bear arms.” — Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen

Washoe County Sheriff Allen had similar concerns about the affects of the initiative if it were to pass. 

“The core principle is not to infringe our right to keep and bear arms,” Allen said at a recent sheriffs' meeting. “We need to focus on other issues like mental health, keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals, and not imposing more restrictions on law-abiding citizens.”

More recently, Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill told Las Vegas radio station KNPR last week that Question 1 would not reduce the number of murders committed by criminals with firearms.

“Our shootings aren’t occurring because you have great citizens who are involved in these types of things,” McMahill said. “You have people that are out there committing a number of crimes and using, more often than not, stolen firearms, firearms with obliterated serial numbers, firearms that they trade in the drug world. These are not legal firearms that are used in the murder of 101 people.” 

It’s important that all Nevada gun owners and freedom lovers join the fight against Bloomberg and his ill-conceived ballot initiative that targets the law-abiding while doing nothing about violent crime. To learn more about how to get involved, visit votenoquestion1.com.