Assembly bill targets ‘ghost guns’ in Nevada

Assembly bill targets ‘ghost guns’ in Nevada

The Nevada State Legislature Building at the state Capitol complex in Carson City. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) Opposing sides of the gun debate turned out in mid-March as lawmakers weighed a bill to curtail the sale and use of untraceable “ghost guns” and make it a crime to carry a weapon on property where it’s forbidden without permission. Assembly Bill 286 drew three hours of testimony along the familiar lines of the national debate over gun control and gun rights. The Assembly Judiciary Committee took no action, and the bill will return for additional discussion and potential tweaks. The bill would ban sale and possession of firearm frames or receivers sold as kits or made with 3D printers. In their unfinished state, they are not classified as weapons and do not require serial numbers and therefore cannot be traced. Advocates of tighter gun controls cite the public safety threat from people who can buy the kits though they may be legally prohibited from owning firearms. A second section of the bill would criminalize violations of “no guns allowed” proscriptions, where a business or other entity has barred firearms on their premises and posts signs or otherwise informs patrons of the rule. A first offense would be a misdemeanor. The measure drew support from Las Vegas casinos and workers, who said current law doesn’t have enough teeth to deal with violators. Nye County Commissioner Leo Blundo, District 4, addressed state lawmakers on the bill, he said in an email: “In […]

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