Turning corporate gun policies into law isn’t just wrong, it’s dangerous

Turning corporate gun policies into law isn’t just wrong, it’s dangerous

The MGM Grand hotel/casino and New York/ New York as seen on Monday, March 20, 2017. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent) Given our modern political climate, it’s hard to imagine anything that would get police unions, criminal justice reformers, gun rights organizations and the American Civil Liberties Union on the same side of an issue. However, MGM’s lobbyists (and the lawmakers influenced by their schtick) have managed to create an environment that has done precisely that in the waning days of the legislative session. Senate Bill 452 , sponsored by Senate Majority Leader and Clark County prosecutor Nicole Cannizzaro, seeks to give MGM’s corporate policy on firearms the full power of law— making it a misdemeanor to carry or possess a firearm on any casino property that has decided to ban them and a felony for individuals with multiple violations. Co-presenting the bill with Cannizzaro in the Senate, MGM was not shy about its desire to outsource enforcement of its firearms ban to Las Vegas Metro. “There’s absolutely nothing that we can do in order to stop [those carrying firearms], even though we have already posted signs prohibiting it, unless our security guard goes up to that individual and engages directly with them,” MGM claimed , as if expecting the company’s security to enforce its own policies is somehow unimaginable. “If we become aware that an individual is violating that policy, we should be able to engage with Metro; we should be able to engage with law enforcement, in order […]

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