Vegas shooting survivors back gun check bill

Vegas shooting survivors back gun check bill

Gun Rights

Nevada’s Senate Majority Leader is urging state lawmakers to approve a measure that would require gun background checks on private gun sales and transfers. (MGNOnline) CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Survivors of a 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival spoke Tuesday in support of a Nevada bill expanding gun background checks to private gun sales and transfers. The attack killed 58 people and left hundreds injured, becoming the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. While gun reform advocates acknowledge the background check bill would not have stopped shooter Stephen Paddock from obtaining his weapons, they say the measure is an important step to prevent gun violence. Democratic Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, who survived the 2017 mass shooting and testified in support of the bill, said it took her nearly eight months after the shooting before she stopped clearly hearing the bullets raining down. “Expanded background checks would not have stopped 1 October, but that does not mean that we should throw up our hands and let this be the world that we live in,” she said. “I stand in solidarity with every survivor of gun violence. My story is their story.” The comments came during a joint meeting of lawmakers from the Assembly and Senate, who were hearing comment on the bill. It aims to change state law so people can’t purchase guns and avoid background checks by going through unlicensed gun sellers. In 2016 Nevada voters narrowly approved a gun background check measure targeting private, […]

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