Committee Considers Universal Background Checks for Gun Sales

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Lawmakers will soon decide the fate of a hotly debated bill mandating universal background checks on gun transactions in Nevada.

Members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee heard passionate argument on SB221 for hours Tuesday with less than a week to go in the regular legislative session.

Freshman Democratic Sen. Justin Jones of Las Vegas is sponsoring the bill that also requires faster reporting of court findings of mental defect in addition to the background checks provisions. It also requires doctors to report if a mentally ill person makes a specific threat against themselves or someone else.

Opponents say the bill is unconstitutional, unenforceable and would be ignored by criminals.

The committee took no action on the measure Tuesday.

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