Statement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:
“I am deeply disappointed in Governor Sandoval’s decision to veto this bill. People convicted of a felony or suffering from a severe mental illness should be prevented from buying a gun with a simple background check. Ninety percent of Nevadans agree and it is too bad this bill has been vetoed.”
Statement by Nevada Democratic Party on veto:
“Today Governor Sandoval demonstrated it is perfectly acceptable to him for criminals and people with severe mental illnesses to continue to obtain deadly weapons. It is a clear sign of how upside-down Brian Sandoval’s priorities are that he wants to make it harder for people to vote while keeping it easy for a criminal to obtain a gun. Brian Sandoval's veto today means more criminals obtaining guns and fewer Nevadans protected from gun violence. As for the Governor saying he supported the mental health reporting requirements in this bill, after overseeing the busing of hundreds of mentally ill patients out of state unsupervised, Sandoval’s rhetoric on mental health is nothing more than the fox guarding the hen house.”
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Private citizens in Nevada can keep selling firearms to each other without doing background checks.
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed SB221 Thursday. The measure would have mandated background checks on all gun sales and transfers in the Silver State.
In his veto message, Sandoval says the background checks sections put "unreasonable" burdens on law-abiding Nevadans while doing little to prevent criminals from getting firearms illegally.
It is a significant defeat for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control advocacy group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The organization spent hundreds of thousands of dollars working to get the bill passed through to the governor.