Nevada lawmakers considering casino firearms ban

The Nevada State Legislature building in Carson City, NV Friday, April 2, 2021. CARSON CITY — Nevada lawmakers are considering a bill that would expand criminal penalties for individuals who bring firearms onto a gaming properties. Senate Bill 452, which is backed by gaming giant MGM Resorts International, is designed to reduce rising violent crimes that have become prevalent in the Las Vegas resort corridor during the pandemic, said Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, D-Las Vegas. Metro investigated at least eight shootings on the Strip in a one-month stretch last fall. Provisions would only apply to large resorts that choose to opt in, and would require they post clear signs on their premises and websites about the policy. Sen. Melanie Scheible, a Las Vegas Democrat, said it made sense to enforce firearms bans in large casinos similar to how they are enforced in schools and public libraries given their importance to Nevada and its economy. “We should be paying special attention to the resorts, the casinos, the hotels, and all of the places that people come from all over the world to see, and ensure that they can be safe while they are there. We should be able to allow facilities to have this increased and improved amount of safety on their properties,” she said. The bill would not apply to people who buy firearms at a trade show and notify the property that they’re bringing the weapon into their hotel room. “There is flexibility that is designed to […]

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