CREATED Jun. 11, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is up against the clock. Friday is the deadline to veto a controversial gun control bill passed by the legislature and his office has been flooded with so many calls, they had to set up an automated phone line.
The issue is expanded background checks and a $30 fee for every private sale.
Sandoval said from the start that he would veto the bill and by waiting until the session ended, he ended any chance his veto could be overturned.
Callers who reach the governor's automated phone line hear the following message, "You have reached the office of Governor Brian Sandoval. If you are calling to vote in support of Senate Bill 221 please press one. If you are calling to vote against Senate Bill 221 please press two."
Bob Irwin, the owner of the Gun Store on East Tropicana said, "As I understand it is running 75 percent for him to veto the bill and 25 percent are the long-distance calls from New York City asking him to sign the bill."
Irwin is being a tad facetious, but he also said outside influences were key in getting lawmakers to pass a gun control bill in the Silver State in the wake of national tragedies.
Irwin said, "Mr. Bloomberg sent a lot of people, a lot of lobbyists up, and brought in people that had been victims of gun crimes on the East Coast to make us feel bad. But what he didn't understand is we're already doing background checks."
Irwin said gun shows in Nevada already do background checks on buyers and charging $30 per private sale won't stop criminals. Many locals agree.
Darnell Smith said, "Just cause they bought it don't mean they're going to be the only person that has it."
Paulette Mills said, "We all need to be able to protect ourselves, even from people that shouldn't have guns."
Irwin feels the bill was just a practice run for politicians pushing for stronger gun control legislation nationwide, "The whole thing was a huge non-issue for Nevada, and I don't know how it got as far as it did."
Under the bill, anyone buying a gun in a private sale must go to a licensed dealer for a federal background check. Failing to do so would be a gross misdemeanor, and you can't buy a gun for two years.
Nevada lawmakers won't have a chance to challenge Sandoval's veto until they reconvene 2015.