Rural Nevada sheriffs balk at strict gun background law

Rural Nevada sheriffs balk at strict gun background law

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A second rural Nevada sheriff cited the Second Amendment in vowing Thursday not to enforce a strict new gun buyer background check law approved by the state Legislature. Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly joined Sheriff Jesse Watts of Eureka County in promising to defy the law that Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak pushed for as a memorial to victims of the October 2017 Las Vegas Strip massacre that became the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. "In Germany prior to WWII we saw Hitler place restrictions on the public’s right to bear arms," Wehrly said in a letter to Sisolak. "I agree with Sheriff Watts. I will not participate in the enforcement of this new law and certainly won’t stand silent." The Nevada law requires a background check by a licensed dealer on anyone buying or receiving a gun from an unlicensed person. The two Nevada sheriffs became part of a "Second Amendment sanctuary" sentiment emerging in sheriff’s offices and statehouses in several states in the U.S. West including Washington and New Mexico. Sheriffs in about half of Washington’s 39 counties have said they won’t enforce that state’s new gun sale background check law until the courts decide whether it’s constitutional. In New Mexico, most sheriffs have vowed not to enforce a background check law that Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham promises to sign. Like Wehrly and Watts, opponents there argue the law burdens lawful gun owners and will be difficult to enforce. Watts, in […]

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