Provision of Nevada gun law not expected to pass

Published: May. 17, 2019 at 7:22 PM PDT
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The Latest on an omnibus gun bill at the Nevada Legislature (all times local):

6 p.m.

Gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety says it supported a proposal at the Nevada Legislature that would have allowed counties to pre-empt state gun laws and pass stricter firearm regulations but it became clear that the measure could not pass this year in the face of opposition.

The proposal was part of a broader gun bill moving through the statehouse but the bill's sponsor, Democratic Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, released a statement Friday saying she was removing the provision at the request of Everytown and other groups. The provision is expected to be replaced with language creating a so-called "red flag" law allowing police or family members to seek an order to seize guns from people who appear violent or may post a danger.

Everytown deputy press secretary Zoe Sheppard says "there is a real path" to pass a red flag law in Nevada "that can save lives right away. She says Everytown will try again in the future to pass legislation allowing counties to set their own gun control regulations.


4:55 p.m.

The sponsor of an omnibus gun bill says she is gutting the bill's main provision that would allow counties to pass stricter firearm laws than those imposed by the state.

Democratic Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui said Friday afternoon in a statement that she is removing the portion of the bill at the request of Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit that advocates for gun control measures, and other organizations.

Everytown did not immediately have a comment.

Bill opponents argued allowing county control over gun laws would lead to a complex patchwork of local laws.

The remaining parts of the bill would ban bump stocks at the state level and lower the legal blood alcohol level for carrying a firearm outside a person's residence.

A nationwide ban on bump stocks went into effect earlier this year.

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