9 Nov 2016 | ELECTION NIGHT STATEMENT ON QUESTION 1 FROM YES ON 1 CAMPAIGN
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November 8, 2016
ELECTION NIGHT STATEMENT ON QUESTION 1 FROM YES ON 1 CAMPAIGN
Still Too Close To Call Outcome Of Measure That Would Require Background Checks On All Gun Sales
Las Vegas – Nevada voters today came out in support of Question 1, The Background Check Initiative, but the final results remain too close to call. Question 1 would close a loophole that makes it far too easy for criminals and other dangerous people to buy guns online and at gun shows with no background checks. Nevada law only requires licensed gun dealers to conduct criminal background checks on gun sales.
“As we wait for the final vote count, we’re grateful to the coalition of Nevadans who spoke out in favor of Question 1 — including leaders from law enforcement, business, faith and government who worked together for this commonsense measure that can save lives while respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” said Yes on 1 Campaign Manager Joe Duffy. “The movement for gun violence prevention took a step forward tonight in Nevada. Despite a misinformation campaign intended to scare and confuse voters, hundreds of thousands of Nevadans across the state voted to close our dangerous background check loophole.”
“For me – and as tonight shows, for hundreds of thousands of Nevadans – this is not a political issue but a public safety and public health issue,” said Yes on 1 Campaign Co-Chair Jan Jones Blackhurst. “I’m proud of this campaign and this movement, and whatever the final outcome I will continue to do all I can to make our state safer.”
During the course of the campaign, Question 1 earned the endorsement of the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers, Las Vegas Fraternal Order of Police, Nevada Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association, former Clark County Sheriff Bill Young, former Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley, former Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa, Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers, NAPSO President Jim Dunlap, Retired Metro Homicide Lieutenant Ray Steiber, Las Vegas FOP President Dave Moody, 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 Henderson Police Chief Richard Perkins, former Washoe County District Attorney Cal Dunlap, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve and Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen. The measure also has been endorsed by The Latin Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce, Culinary Workers Local #226, Nevada State AFL-CIO, Nevada State Education Association, Nevada Parent Teacher Association, Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, Nevada State Medical Association, Nevada Women’s Lobby, Nevada League of Women Voters, Nevada Public Health Association, Nevada Psychiatric Association, Service Employee International Union, Safe House, SAFE Nest, Tahoe Safe Alliance, The Council for a Better Nevada, Crisis Call Center, Lambda Business Association and Hispanics in Politics. In addition the campaign was led by an Advisory Board of more than 50 Nevada law enforcement, veterans, gun owners, faith, business and community leaders from across the political spectrum and from all corners of the state.
Nevadans for Background Checks is a statewide coalition of law enforcement, domestic violence advocacy, faith, business and community leaders who worked to pass Question 1. The ballot measure is a common-sense proposal that would 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.