Judge hears arguments in Nevada gun background check lawsuit

Judge hears arguments in Nevada gun background check lawsuit

Gov. Brian Sandoval speaks during the Nevada Governor’s Global Tourism Summit at the Flamingo hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco A state judge shouldn’t have the authority to order Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to enact a private gun sale background check approved by voters in 2016, the state solicitor general argued in court Tuesday. “They’re asking the court to order the governor to say specific words, to actually script a letter for the governor and force him to sign it,” state Solicitor General Lawrence VanDyke said about plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking enactment of the screening measure. Attorneys on both sides made their arguments Tuesday before District Judge Joe Hardy Jr. on a bid to get Sandoval to ask the FBI to take over conducting criminal background checks during private sales of firearms. The case landed in Hardy’s Las Vegas courtroom in October, when — just a few days after the Las Vegas mass shooting — three Nevada residents sued Sandoval and Attorney General Adam Laxalt, accusing them of failing to implement the law. The residents had been preparing to sue before the Oct. 1 shooting. State attorneys argued that the law requiring background checks on private gun sales has not been implemented because, based on the ballot language, the state is unable to perform the checks, and the FBI has refused to conduct them. The Nevadans suing the governor believe Sandoval has not done as much as possible to implement […]

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