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HISPANICS IN POLITICS ENDORSES QUESTION 1 TO MAKE NEVADA SAFER

5 Oct 2016 | HISPANICS IN POLITICS ENDORSES QUESTION 1 TO MAKE NEVADA SAFER

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October 5, 2016

 

HISPANICS IN POLITICS ENDORSES QUESTION 1 TO MAKE NEVADA SAFER
Southern Nevada group votes to support Question 1 after hosting informational meeting last month to present members with both sides of the issue

Las Vegas, NV: Hispanics in Politics, Nevada’s oldest Hispanic political organization, today announced at its monthly breakfast meeting that it had endorsed Question 1, The Background Check Initiative. Hispanics in Politics joins a growing coalition of thousands of individuals and organizations supporting Question 1 to close the background check loophole and make it harder for criminals and other dangerous people to get guns.

“As a community, we can’t ignore the impacts of gun violence on our families, our neighbors and our state. Question 1 both respects our fundamental rights and makes it harder for dangerous people to get guns,” Hispanics in Politics President Fernando Romero said.

Hispanics in Politics joins The Latin Chamber of Commerce, The Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce, The Council for a Better Nevada, Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers, Las Vegas Fraternal Order of Police, Nevada Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association, and many other organizations and individuals working to pass Question 1. The campaign is led by an Advisory Board of more than 50 Nevadans representing law enforcement, faith, veterans, gun owners, business and community leaders from across the state and political spectrum.

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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