Las Vegas massacre survivor pushes bill to curtail do-it-yourself ‘ghost guns’

Las Vegas massacre survivor pushes bill to curtail do-it-yourself 'ghost guns'

AP/Report for America CARSON CITY — A proposal to ban build-your-own weapons known as "ghost guns" is sparking passionate for-and-against arguments in the Nevada Legislature, just over three years after Las Vegas experienced the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. A bill to ban the possession and sale of homemade firearms introduced on Monday had drawn nearly 2,100 opinions on the Legislature’s website by Thursday — more than any other bill this session. "As weapons become more advanced and as they become easier to make at home, we must also adapt our laws," Emily Woodall, a Las Vegas resident, told lawmakers during a first hearing Wednesday on the measure. Woodall testified by phone that she’s a gun owner but learned from the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Colorado and the Las Vegas shooting that "the threat of gun violence was and is real." Bruce Parks said the law would have no effect on crime rates. He identified himself as founder of a group called Nevada Patriot and secretary of Battle Born Patriots, a political action committee that has advocated for the recall of Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak. "You do not make criminals harmless by making good citizens helpless," he declared. Democrats control both the Assembly and Senate, where Sen. Melanie Scheible, chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will hear the proposal if it clears the Assembly. Scheible, a Clark County prosecutor when not at the Legislature, termed the ability to buy gun parts online and assemble them […]

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