Yesterday, in an editorial Nevada Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison penned for the Deseret News, he added his voice to that of the state’s governor, attorney general and law-enforcement community in speaking out against Question 1, a so-called “universal” background check measure that will appear on ballots this November.
Calling the measure “poorly written,” Hutchison cited studies showing that 80 percent of crime guns come from illegal sources. “There is no evidence that Question 1 would stop criminals from continuing to break the law to acquire a firearm,” he said. “That’s what criminals do.”
But, he explained, by criminalizing the “safe, innocent transfer of guns, which happens hundreds or thousands of times a week in Nevada,” the law would impose unnecessary red tape on law-abiding Nevadans, costing them “time, money and freedom.”
Hutchison concluded with a clear message to his constituents: “I stand with Nevada’s law-enforcement community. I know—as they know—that this law will not make Nevadans safer. That’s why I am urging all Nevadans to oppose Question 1 this November.”