9 Nov 2016 | NEVADANS VOTE FOR A SAFER STATE AND SAY “YES” TO QUESTION 1 TO REQUIRE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL GUN SALES
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November 9, 2016
NEVADANS VOTE FOR A SAFER STATE AND SAY “YES” TO QUESTION 1 TO REQUIRE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL GUN SALES
Successful Ballot Initiative Will Protect Nevadans By Requiring Criminal Background Checks On All Gun Sales, With A Few Reasonable Exceptions
Las Vegas – Voters have passed Question 1, The Background Check Initiative, choosing to close a dangerous 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. The Associated Press called the race at 1:02 a.m.
Currently, Nevada law only requires licensed gun dealers to conduct criminal background checks on gun sales. Because voters have passed Question 1, starting Jan. 1 the state will require background checks on all gun sales, with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting and self-defense. Today Nevada joins 18 other states that have passed similar laws, reducing gun violence and saving lives.
“When we started this campaign more than a year ago, we knew it would be tough, but we also knew that the majority of Nevadans were with us and this election was proof of that. We have shown that Nevadans will use their votes to make their communities and the entire state safer,” said Yes on 1 Campaign Co-Chair Jan Jones Blackhurst.
“This fight was in honor of all those killed by senseless gun violence and today we are one step closer to making Nevada a safer place for all of us. That’s something we should all be proud of,” said Yes on 1 Campaign Co-Chair Elaine Wynn.
“Voters have made clear that they support common sense gun safety laws like background checks. And now we celebrate the hard work and dedication of all of our supporters over the past year who have made this win possible,” said Yes on 1 Campaign Manager Joe Duffy.
“Across the state, voters showed that they are committed to doing everything they can to prevent gun violence while respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. We are closing Nevada’s background check loophole and we will be safer because of it,” said Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson.
“Nevadans voted for gun sense this year and that’s truly a testament to the hard work and dedication of the coalition that supported Question 1. We have made a real impact in making our state safer for our children, our families, all of us,” said Elizabeth Becker, Nevada chapter lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
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 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 law will put private sellers on a level playing field with licensed gun dealers, who already are required to conduct criminal background checks on gun sales.