Lombardo bucks GOP line on guns, supports universal background checks but pushes back on recent gun control bills

Lombardo bucks GOP line on guns, supports universal background checks but pushes back on recent gun control bills

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo graduates a new officer during the Metro Police department’s graduation exercises on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. The class graduated 38 officers. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent) Republican gubernatorial candidate and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo eschewed traditional GOP orthodoxy on firearm issues by voicing support for universal background checks on firearms sales, but also promising to repeal or restrict other gun control measures approved in past years by Democrats in the Legislature if elected. Lombardo, who plans to kick off his campaign on Monday in Las Vegas, struck a more moderate tone than some Republican candidates on firearms issues in an hour-long Zoom question-and-answer session with members of the Nevada Firearms Coalition, the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association. Moderator Randi Thompson, the group’s lobbyist, noted that police tend to be more hesitant to encourage gun ownership “because they’re dealing with it every day.” “It’s tough to be an officer and be pro gun,” she said. “But I know that you’re there, protecting the people and you want to keep the honest people honest, and you want to put the bad guys behind bars and that’s really all we can ask you to do at the end of the day.” During the panel, the sheriff of the state’s largest county reiterated his support of universal background checks (while criticizing the state’s 2016 ballot background check ballot initiative as poorly written) as well as limits on certain high-capacity magazines. But Lombardo said that if elected governor, he […]

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