Nevada lawmakers halve gun bill amid enforcement concerns

Nevada lawmakers halve gun bill amid enforcement concerns

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers on Tuesday amended the signature gun control package that Democrats hoped to pass this legislative session, removing provisions that would have increased penalties for people who bring firearms to certain locations where they’re banned. Three-and-a-half years after Las Vegas experienced the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, a Democrat who survived the massacre, said she remains committed to passing gun laws to make Nevada safer in every legislative session. She wants to build on gun control legislation passed in 2019 to expand background checks for private firearm sales and transfers by banning homemade guns without serial numbers. In addition to banning these untraceable “ghost guns,” her initial proposal would have made it a criminal trespassing charge to bring firearms onto properties such as the Las Vegas Strip’s largest casinos and resorts. The “ghost gun” provisions passed through the Assembly on a party-line vote just before a legislative deadline on Tuesday, but sections about criminal penalties were cut from the proposal. Jauregui said she is having discussions about reintroducing the idea. “It’s no secret what my personal story is and why this is an important issue to me,” said Jauregui, whose husband had to crawl on top of her to shield her from raining bullets. In Nevada, gun debates often reveal chasms between rural lawmakers and their urban counterparts from growing cities like Las Vegas and Reno. The 2017 mass shooting amplified calls for stronger regulations. The shooter amassed […]

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