Nevada’s suicide toll from guns

Nevada’s suicide toll from guns

Gun Rights

Within one week of the mass murder of 50 people in New Zealand by a white nationalist with automatic weapons, the prime minister announced the country would ban military-style semiautomatic weapons and assault rifles. Those violating the new law will face up to $2,700 in fines and three years in prison. The leader of the center-right opposition party agreed with the new policy, saying it’s “imperative in the national interest to keep New Zealanders safe.” Imagine a country that responds to a tragedy with such a unified, practical solution, protecting its people from zealots with overly powerful guns that no one needs. Back in Nevada, we can’t even agree that background checks should be uniformly performed when guns transfer ownership. Many rural sheriffs are defying the Legislature’s approval of Senate Bill 143, which requires background checks for all gun purchases, even those outside of regulated gun stores. Although these rural sheriffs are hardly scholars of constitutional law, they’ve proudly declared their counties “Second Amendment sanctuaries” and are refusing to enforce what they’ve decided is an unconstitutional law, saying they’re sworn to protect the Constitution. All GOP legislators voted against SB 143. Now they’ve offered their own Wild West “constitutional carry” bill, Assembly Bill 437, to eliminate required permits to carry concealed weapons. Republican leader Jim Wheeler submitted the bill on behalf of the GOP caucus, knowing it’s dead on arrival. Democrats are united in moving the other way, towards gun safety. Wheeler’s strategy seems designed to keep rural Nevada […]

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