Reaction to veto of universal gun background checks
Reaction from both sides on veto of gun background checkPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed Senate Bill 221 today.
The bill would have required universal background checks for anyone hoping to purchase a firearm.
Action News went to Sunset Park to talk to people on both sides of the issue.
A gun violence prevention event is being held at the park Thursday night in honor of the Newtown shooting that left more than two dozen dead.
State Sen. Justin Jones put forth Senate Bill 221 here in Nevada in response to that shooting.
He says that the purpose of the bill was to help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
State lawmakers voted on the bill and it passed in both the House and the Senate.
But, Gov. Sandoval has said all along that he would veto the bill when it came across his desk and that is exactly what he did.
Jones says that he is disappointed but he is not giving up.
The governor's office issued an explanation of the veto, essentially saying he thinks mandatory background checks violate our Second Amendment rights and could turn law-abiding citizens into criminals.
The governor still thinks we need to do a better job at looking at a person's mental health background.