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Nevada group begins push for gun background checks

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Nevada group begins push for gun background checks

CREATED Aug 18, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada state senator, a church pastor, a former Las Vegas sheriff and a women's shelter official launched a signature-gathering drive to put a gun purchase background check initiative on the 2016 statewide ballot.

Democratic Sen. Justin Jones said Monday the Nevadans for Background Checks initiative would have some changes from a measure that he sponsored and the 2013 Legislature passed as SB221.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed that measure before it became law.

Pastor Robert Fowler, Safe Nest community relations chief Lisa Lynn Chapman and former Clark County Sheriff Bill Young were first to sign the initiative petition Monday at Fowler's Victory Missionary Baptist Church.

The group now has until Nov. 11 to collect a little under 102,000 signatures to qualify for a statewide vote in two years.