2 Nov 2016 | GAMING LEADERS VOTING YES ON QUESTION 1 FOR PUBLIC SAFETY
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November 2, 2016
GAMING LEADERS VOTING YES ON QUESTION 1 FOR PUBLIC SAFETY
Nevada’s gaming community urges voters to protect the state’s vital tourism sector by voting Yes on 1 to require background checks on all gun sales
Las Vegas, NV: The Vote Yes on 1 campaign today released statements from leaders in the Las Vegas gaming industry describing why they support the initiative to require background checks on all gun sales. The gaming industry has contributed significant resources to the Vote Yes on 1 campaign with donations totaling more than $100,000.
Under current Nevada law, background checks are only required for firearm sales at licensed gun dealers. However, every year Nevadans post tens of thousands of online ads for unlicensed gun sales, with no background check required. Background checks are the only systematic way to enforce our existing laws that prohibit felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people from getting guns. In Nevada. between 2012 and 2014 background checks at licensed gun dealers blocked 5,379 gun sales to these prohibited purchasers. Question 1 would level the playing field so that all gun sales – whether at a gun store, a gun show, or through an online marketplace – would require a background check to help to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and save lives.
Jan Jones Blackhurst, Caesars Entertainment Corporation and former Mayor of Las Vegas:
“Day in and day out, thousands of people in our city’s gaming industry deliver world-class service to guests from across the globe. As part of that, we work closely with law enforcement to protect our visitors and our staff, and I’m proud to stand with my gaming colleagues and the many current and former law enforcement leaders supporting Question 1.”
Bill Hornbuckle, President of MGM Resorts International:
“People come to Las Vegas from every corner of the world because of our legendary service and entertainment. We’ve worked hard to establish ourselves as the gaming destination we are today, and protecting public safety is critical to our local economy. That’s why I support closing Nevada’s background check loophole and urge my fellow Nevadans to vote yes on Question 1.”
Question 1 has also 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, 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, Nevada State AFL-CIO, Culinary Workers Local #226, Nevada State Education Association, Nevada Parent Teacher Association, Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, SEIU, The Council for a Better Nevada and Hispanics in Politics, in addition to the campaign’s 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 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.