Nevada AB 291: Steely gun laws clears senate, with firearm seizure amendment

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nevada gunsGun rights activists argued that those laws could infringe on a person’s right to due process because it would allow a court to bar a person from owning a gun without being convicted of a crime. Nevada is a “shall issue” state for concealed carry. 

Los Vegas Review Journal

‘Red flag’ gun law passes Nevada Senate committee

CARSON CITY — Amended to include stricter gun storage and “red flag” laws, the Nevada Democrats’ revamped gun control bill cleared a key committee vote Wednesday in the Legislature and inched closer to the governor’s desk.

Those changes came to Assembly Bill 291, the Democrats’ omnibus gun control bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, D-Las Vegas. The red flag laws would allow authorities to seize firearms from people deemed to be a threat to themselves or others. The amendment also added stricter gun storage laws that would make negligent storage of a firearm a crime, copying language from a bill from Assemblyman Ozzie Fumo, D-Las Vegas, that died earlier this session.

But the revised version removes the most controversial aspect of the original: allowing local governments to pass stricter gun control measures than the state.

The amended bill was approved Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote. It previously passed the Assembly on a 28-13 vote, with Sparks Democrat Skip Daly joining all 12 Republicans in voting against it.

If approved by the full Senate and signed by Gov. Steve Sisolak, Nevada would join 15 other states who have passed similar red flag laws. Ten of those states have enacted those laws since the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and staff members dead.

The changes drew support from the state’s two largest police departments — the Metropolitan Police Department and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office — and the Clark County district attorney’s office.

“We do believe that provisions in AB291 will help fill a gap and allow us to intervene where we can,” said Corey Solferino, a lobbyist for the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, while testifying in support of the bill during a hearing Wednesday.


May 29, 2019 – 4:49 pm


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One Response to Nevada AB 291: Steely gun laws clears senate, with firearm seizure amendment

  1. Dan OBrien June 4, 2019 at 11:54 am

    One word…….. B U L L S H I T.


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