VICTOR JOECKS: Democratic distrust of police kills anti-gun bill

VICTOR JOECKS: Democratic distrust of police kills anti-gun bill

Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Victor Joecks recaps the death of a bill that would have increased gun regulations in the state. T here’s a silver lining to the left’s belief that the police are systemically racist . It helped stymie an anti-gun-owner measure during the recent legislative session. Two weeks before the session’s end, state Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro introduced Senate Bill 452 as an emergency measure. The proposal would have made it a misdemeanor to carry a concealed weapon on certain properties, primarily casinos, that prohibited firearms. Repeat offenders could have faced felony charges. Nevada already has a law against trespassing . If a casino finds out that a guest has a weapon, its employees can ask him or her to leave. This bill was really an attack on legal firearm owners who have concealed-carry permits. In Nevada, that requires being fingerprinted for a background check and completing a firearms safety course . The point of concealed carry is that no one knows you have a firearm unless there’s a dangerous situation in which it’s helpful to have one. On the surface, this bill looked hard to stop. Democrats control both chambers and the governor’s mansion. Anti-gun efforts are popular among many liberals. As majority leader, Cannizzaro has significant power. But a funny thing happened at the hearing. Liberals’ groups join Second Amendment supporters in opposing the bill. “We believe that this policy will subject legal gun owners that are members of the […]

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