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Nevadans For Background Checks
RE: Nevada Background Check Ballot Initiative

Citizens of Nevada,

I am Alan Alvarez, Chairman of the National Latino Peace Officers Association – Advocacy Group (NLPOA-Advocacy]. The primary purpose of the National Latino Peace Officers Association- Advocacy (501c4] is to promote social welfare by advocating with regard to law enforcement, including best practices, diversity, and community relations.

The NLPOA-Advocacy Nevada Charter has recommended to the National NLPOA-Advocacy Board support of Nevada Ballot Check Initiative. The NLPOAA-Advocacy Nevada Charter and its members have reviewed and vetted the Nevada Background Check Ballot Initiative. Our members and their families support the upcoming Background Check Ballot Initiative. This Ballot Initiative further serves as a means to restrict the illegal use of deadly firearms by requiring background checks upon unlicensed gun sales on the Internet, at gun shows, and between private individuals.

This Ballot Initiative has become most pronounced as our law enforcement officers continue to be the targets of violence. While not the final answer to criminals and violence, such legislation reflects that this is important for Nevada residents. It is important to close the gaps that exist in keeping everyone safe. As a Law Enforcement Association, we are vested in the safety and well-being of family, community, and nation. The NLPOA-Advocacy strongly agrees and supports with the proposed Nevada Ballot Background Check Initiative.


Alan Alvarez

National Latino Peace Officers Association-Advocacy is a Nonprofit 501(c) (4) Mutual Benefit Corporation


September 7, 2016

Jennifer Crowe, [email protected], (775) 813-2281


Hispanic communities are harder hit by gun violence prompting local chapter to join campaign making it harder for criminals to get guns

Las Vegas, NV: The Nevada Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association – Advocacy Group (NLPOA – Advocacy) today endorsed Question 1, The Background Check Initiative, to require criminal background checks on all gun sales in Nevada, making it harder for dangerous people to get guns.

“It’s a simple fact that our families and communities are disproportionately impacted by gun violence. And as police officers, we have a duty to support efforts that will make it harder for criminals to terrorize our streets,” said Al Salinas, retired Deputy Chief at Las Vegas Metro and a member of the Nevada Chapter of the NLPOA. “Question 1 is a common sense law to close the loophole and require background checks on all gun sales. It won’t stop every crime, no one law will, but the statistics are clear. We can save lives by passing Question 1.”

In this country, Hispanics are nearly three times as likely to be murdered with a gun than non-Hispanic whites – and over the last decade, 300 Hispanic Nevadans were shot and killed with a gun.

The Nevada Chapter of the NLPOA represents more than 500 Nevada law enforcement officers, and joins the thousands of members of the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers (NAPSO) and Las Vegas Fraternal Order of Police, in standing in support of Question 1. 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.

“The Nevada Chapter of the NLPOA joins the thousands of other law enforcement officers across Nevada who support Question 1 because they know it’s a common sense measure that will save lives,” said Yes on Question 1 campaign co-chair Jan Jones Blackhurst. “These officers see firsthand every day the toll gun violence takes on our communities, that’s why they have joined the campaign to make it harder for felons and other dangerous people to get guns.”

Other groups to endorse Question 1 include The Latin Chamber of Commerce, Nevada State Education Association, Nevada PTA, SEIU, Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, Safe House, Safe Nest, Tahoe SAFE Alliance, Nevada League of Women Voters, Nevada Women’s Lobby and The Council for a Better Nevada.

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, 63 percent were felons and fugitives seeking 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.