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ASIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ENDORSES QUESTION 1

14 Sep 2016 | ASIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ENDORSES QUESTION 1

July 29, 2016
To: Nevadans for Background Checks
Fr: Asian Chamber of Commerce PAC

The Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (ACC PAC) is dedicated to supporting the common political interests of the Southern Nevada Asian-American Community and improving the quality of life for that Community and for all Nevadans.

Gun violence is a problem we cannot ignore. It has infiltrated our homes, our businesses, our schools, our houses of worship and caused our communities to feel less safe.

One potential way we can make it more difficult for felons, those convicted of domestic violence and other dangerous people to buy guns is by requiring criminal background checks on all gun buyers.

Currently, under Nevada law only licensed gun dealers are required to conduct criminal background checks. Question l, The Background Check Initiative, is a measure on the November 2016 Nevada State ballot that would require criminal background checks on all gun sales. Passing Question 1 would close the loophole and require checks on all gun sales, with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting and self-defense. It is a common sense proposal that respects the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners while making it harder for criminals and felons to buy guns.

Some relevant statistics support the notion that passing Question 1 can make a difference. In the 18 states with similar laws, there are:

48 percent fewer police officers killed with guns.

  • 46 percent fewer women murdered with guns by domestic partners.
  • 48 percent fewer gun suicides. 48 percent less gun trafficking.

Question 1 puts gun shows and private sellers on the same playing field as licensed gun dealers, who already are required to conduct criminal background checks. It simply makes sense that all gun sellers should conduct criminal background checks to be sure a person trying to buy a gun is allowed under the law to have it.

Based on these and other facts, the ACC PAC has thoughtfully determined to endorse Question l, The Background Check Initiative. We encourage the members of the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce to Vote Yes on Question 1 and hope the Community will join us in supporting this important ballot measure.

Respectfully,
ACC PAC

By: Dr. Chen Young, Co-Chair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2016

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ASIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ENDORSES QUESTION 1
Las Vegas Asian-American business group joins campaign to close loophole and require background checks on gun sales

Las Vegas, NV: The Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee – the primary advocate for Nevada’s growing Asian Pacific American community – today endorsed Question 1 to close the loophole and require criminal background checks on all gun sales with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting and self-defense.

The Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting the common political interests of the Nevada Asian Pacific American community and to serve as a forum for important issues like public safety and economic prosperity.

“Gun violence is a problem that we can’t ignore and as a community, we should be doing all that we can to make it harder for felons and other dangerous people to get guns,” said Renato “Sonny” Vinuya, president of the Las Vegas Asian Chamber. “Of course, no one law will stop every criminal intent on getting a gun and doing harm but it only makes sense that we should close the loophole and level the playing field so that background checks are required on all gun sales with a few reasonable exceptions.”

The Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce joins a growing list of organizations endorsing Question 1 including the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers, Las Vegas Fraternal Order of Police, Nevada Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association, The Latin Chamber of Commerce, Nevada State AFL-CIO, Culinary Workers Local #226, Service Employees International Union, Nevada State Education Association, Nevada PTA, Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence and the more than 50 Nevadans who serve on the campaign Advisory Board representing law enforcement, faith, veterans, gun owners, business and community leaders from across the state and political spectrum.

Other notable law enforcement supporters include Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, retired Metro Homicide Commander Ray Steiber, former Clark County Sheriff Bill Young, former Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley, Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers, NAPSO President Jim Dunlap, retired Metro Detective and former President of the Police Protective Association and Southern Nevada Conference of Police and Sheriffs Dave Kallas, former Assistant District Attorney Teresa Lowry, former Washoe County District Attorney Cal Dunlap, and retired Henderson Police Chief Richard Perkins.

“Question 1 continues to earn the endorsement of important groups like the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce because Nevadans understand that closing the loophole and requiring background checks is basic common sense,” said Advisory Board co-chair Elaine Wynn. “Nevadans are smart and aren’t fooled by the gun lobby’s scare tactics. They know background checks are a simple thing we can do to make our state safer.”

Currently, Nevada law only requires licensed gun dealers to conduct criminal background checks. Question 1 would close the loophole and level the playing field, requiring checks on all gun sales with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting and self-defense. In the states with similar laws there are 48 percent fewer law enforcement officers shot and killed, 46 fewer women shot and killed by their partners and a 48 percent reduction in gun trafficking, compared to states that have not closed the loophole. Nevada would join 18 other states in closing the loophole.

Background checks are an effective tool to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. In Nevada between 2012 and 2014, 5,379 gun sales were blocked to prohibited purchasers because of background checks at licensed gun dealers. Of those blocked sales, 78 percent were felons, fugitives and convicted domestic abusers trying to buy guns. No one law can prevent every crime but passing Question 1 will save lives.

Nevadans for Background Checks is a statewide coalition of law enforcement, domestic violence advocacy, faith, business and community leaders who are working to pass the criminal 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 background checks on gun sales.

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