The Nevada Legislature will likely consider overturning a law that prohibits local governments from establishing stricter gun control measures than the state. When lawmakers convene in early 2021, Democratic Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui of Las Vegas will introduce legislation to do away with the measure she wrote last month in a column for the Sun.
Lawmakers in the 2019 legislative session, the initial meeting following the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting on the Strip at a music festival, passed a series of gun reform bills. Much of this effort was led by Jauregui, who was one of the 22,000 concertgoers. Lawmakers expanded background checks to close the so-called gun show loophole, which allowed private gun sales without the background checks required by licensed gun dealers. They also passed the so-called “red flag law,” which allows people to petition the courts to temporarily confiscate guns from a family member who could be considered dangerous. They additionally banned bump stocks and established rules to regulate gun storage. But the language to put more power to regulate firearms in the hands of local governments was removed. Jauregui wrote that the legislation would let local governments “better match their laws to the needs of their community to preserve and protect the safety, security and well-being of their residents.” Annette Magnus, the executive director of Battle Born Progress, a progressive nonprofit, strongly backs removing the current preemption status.
“The only true way to address Oct. 1 is through preemption and allowing municipalities, specifically the county, to implement gun laws as they see fit as long as they’re at a higher threshold than the state,” Magnus said. [full article]