Gov. Sisolak calls on rural sheriffs to enforce new gun law

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D), has issued a statement saying he wants to work with sheriffs across the state to enforce a universal gun background law that he recently signed.

The law seeks to enforce NV-1, which requires private gun buyers to undergo criminal background checks. Voters approved the law in 2016, but then-Attorney General Adam Laxalt determined the law was unenforceable because it required the FBI to perform the background checks and the FBI refused.

The newly-approved law requires the background checks to be conducted under the state's existing gun background check system. It is set to go into effect in January 2020.

In recent days, a number of rural counties have said they will not enforce SB143, calling it a violation of the 2nd Amendment.

In his statement, Gov. Sisolak said, "My office and that of the attorney general are aware of the letters from multiple rural Nevada sheriffs regarding SB143. While the law will not take effect until January 2020, I look forward to working with Attorney General Ford and local law enforcement over the next several months to review ways to enforce this law, as is the case with all other Nevada laws that elected officers are sworn to uphold.”