8 Nov 2016 | HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NEVADANS VOTING “YES” ON 1
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2016
******ELECTION NIGHT EVENT******
7-9 pm, Cucina Restaurant in the Crystals Shops
Several spokespeople will be available for press interviews.
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NEVADANS VOTING “YES” ON 1
Ballot Initiative Will Protect Nevadans By Requiring Criminal Background Checks On All Gun Sales, With A Few Reasonable Exceptions
Las Vegas – Today, Nevadans have the chance to make our state safer by voting Yes on Question 1, The Background Check Initiative, to 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.
Currently, Nevada law only requires licensed gun dealers to conduct criminal background checks on gun sales. If approved, the new law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2017 and would require background checks on all gun sales and transfers, with some reasonable exceptions for family, hunting and self-defense. Currently, 18 other states have closed similar dangerous loopholes.
“Nevadans know Question 1 will protect them by making it harder for criminals to get guns, and we’ve seen that reflected in the excitement during early voting and today at the polls. Nevadans see past the partisan politics and support Question 1 because they know it will reduce gun violence and save lives,” said Yes on 1 Campaign Manager Joe Duffy.
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 was a common-sense proposal that would have closed 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 have put private sellers on a level playing field with licensed gun dealers, who already are required to conduct criminal background checks on gun sales.