Advocates Urge Passing of Universal Background Checks

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Victims of gun violence from across the country have converged on Nevada

Mark Kelly, husband of Arizona shooting victim Gabby Giffords, speaks in Carson City on safety issues.

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Victims of gun violence from across the country have converged on Nevada's capital to urge support for a bill mandating universal background checks on gun sales in the state.

The latest high-profile push came Friday when former-U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords' husband Mark Kelly promoted SB221 as a non-intrusive public safety measure.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Masto also attended the press conference and threw her support behind the bill with three days left in the legislative session.

Freshman Democratic Sen. Justin Jones of Las Vegas is pushing the bill with financial aid from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's national advocacy group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

The bill also revises state laws relating to mentally ill people and firearms.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval said he would veto the bill's current version.

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