Bill mandating background checks for guns debated in Carson City
The clock is ticking on a gun rights bill. On Friday at the state legislature, supporters are pulling out all the stops to get it passed.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The clock is ticking on a gun rights bill. On Friday at the state legislature, supporters are pulling out all the stops to get it passed.
There are three days before the Nevada legislature votes on SB221, a bill that would require background checks for gun buyers in Nevada.
Supporters voiced their opinions, including Mark Kelly, Gabby Giffords' husband.
"It will make us safer by getting the severly mentally ill into the background check system," said Kelly. "It will make us safer by keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the deranged."
Kelly knows gun violence firsthand. Giffords was among 13 wounded and 6 killed in Tucson two years ago. He joined state attorney general Catherine Cortez-Masto in asking to end loopholes that make it easy for criminals to get guns, especially at gun shows.
But gun sellers say there are ways around it.
"Someone who desperately needs a firearm and doesn't want to go through a background check will get it illegally," said Carlos Campos, who manages The Range 702. "It's gonna happen."
Governor Sandoval's office said that as written now, he would veto the bill. He wants it to include a provision for a business tax cut.