26 Apr 2016 |
Chief prosecutor says The Background Check Initiative on gun sales
will reduce gun violence, keep guns from criminals
Las Vegas, NV: Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson today endorsed Question 1, The Background Check Initiative, a measure on the November ballot that will close a loophole in the law and require criminal background checks on all gun sales in Nevada.
“As a prosecutor, I know that it is all too easy for criminals who are prohibited from buying guns to get them online where background checks are not required,” Wolfson said. “One of the things that makes America’s justice system the envy of the world is that our laws apply to everyone. That’s what Question 1 is about – making sure everyone follows the law that’s already in place and conducts a criminal background check before selling a gun. Question 1 closes the loophole in the law and would actually protect law-abiding gun owners from selling a gun to a felon or some other person who is prohibited by law from owning it.”
Currently in Nevada, only licensed gun dealers are required to conduct criminal background checks on gun sales. There is a loophole in the law that allows for felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people to buy guns online and at gun shows, no background check required. Question 1 will close that loophole by requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting and self-defense.
Wolfson joins a growing list of law enforcement officials and organizations that support Question 1, The Background Check Initiative. In recent months, Question 1 has earned the endorsement of former Clark County Sheriff Bill Young, former Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley, former President of Southern Nevada Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs Dave Kallas, University of Nevada Police Chief Adam Garcia, former Clark County Assistant District Attorney Teresa Lowry, retired Clark County Senior Deputy Sheriff Jim Childs, and the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers (NAPSO), the largest affiliation of law enforcement associations in Nevada representing nearly 1,500 law enforcement professionals including police and corrections officers, deputy sheriffs, juvenile and adult parole and probation officers, Nevada Highway Patrol troopers, Capitol and Legislative police, and University police from across the state.
Question 1, The Background Check Initiative, is an effort led by the campaign’s Advisory Board of more than 50 of Nevada’s law enforcement, veterans, faith, business and community leaders from across the political spectrum and from all corners of the state.
“We could not be more pleased to add the endorsement of District Attorney Wolfson to our growing list of leaders in the law enforcement community who know passing Question 1 will save lives and make our communities safer by keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous people,” said campaign co-chair Elaine Wynn. “We rely on prosecutors to enforce the law and we need to pass Question 1 and close the loophole so that they can do their job.”
Nevada voters can make our state the 19th in the nation to close the loophole criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people are exploiting to purchase guns online and at gun shows, no background check required. Nearly one in 11 people shopping online for a gun in Nevada is prohibited from possessing firearms, including convicted felons and fugitives. In the 18 states with similar laws, gun trafficking, gun suicides and the incidence of women killed by domestic partners with guns were cut nearly in half compared to states that have not closed the loophole.
Nevadans for Background Checks in a bipartisan statewide coalition of law enforcement, domestic violence advocacy, faith, business and community leaders who are working to pass Question 1, The Background Check Initiative. The ballot measure is a common-sense proposal that will close loopholes in Nevada law by requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting and self-defense. The proposed law would put private sellers on a level playing field with licensed gun dealers, who already are required to conduct criminal background checks on gun sales.