Las Vegas, NV: Today the Question 1 campaign announced the endorsement of a coalition of health care groups in Nevada, with the Nevada State Medical Association, Nevada Public Health Association, Crisis Call Center and Nevada Psychiatric Association all announcing their support for the campaign to require background checks on all gun sales. Additionally, the Service Employees International Union, which represents hundreds of nurses across Nevada, endorsed the ballot initiative. These groups join the individual health care professionals who previously signed on to the campaign’s Health Care Coalition, showing that health care and public health professionals agree: requiring background checks on all gun sales will make our state safer, and reduce the financial burden on our health care system.
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.
Reno, NV: Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen today announced his endorsement of Question 1, The Background Check Initiative, to close the background check loophole and make it harder for criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people to get guns.
“As a Mayor and former Metro license investigator, I’ve seen firsthand the toll that gun violence takes on many of our communities. And as a Nevadan, I know that we must do better to try to prevent this violence,” said Mayor Hafen. “Closing the background check loophole is a straightforward, proven way to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and reduce gun violence. Question 1 will make our city and our state safer and will help save lives, and that’s something we should all get behind.”
Las Vegas, NV: The Council for a Better Nevada (CBN) – an organization of concerned citizens and community leaders committed to creating a better quality of life for all Nevadans – today announced its endorsement of The Background Check Initiative to make it harder for criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people to get guns. CBN brings together leaders and resources from the private, public, and non-profit sectors to identify, engage and assist in creating solutions to community issues that significantly affect the lives of Nevadans.
The Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (ACC PAC) is dedicated to supporting the common political interests of the Southern Nevada Asian-American Community and improving the quality of life for that Community and for all Nevadans.
Gun violence is a problem we cannot ignore. It has infiltrated our homes, our businesses, our schools, our houses of worship and caused our communities to feel less safe.
Reno, NV: Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve today announced her endorsement of Question 1, The Background Check Initiative, to make it harder for criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people to get guns.
“Recent events make clear that too many cities are grappling with the problem of gun violence and too many families have had loved ones killed by someone who should never have had a gun in the first place,” Schieve said. “This isn’t a political issue, it’s a public safety issue and closing the loophole will help reduce gun violence and make our communities safer.
Las Vegas, NV: The Nevada State AFL-CIO voted to endorse Question 1, The Background Check Initiative, at the organization’s annual constitutional convention in Reno. Former Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley addressed the convention delegates and joined other supporters including the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers (NAPSO) in working to build broad support for the ballot measure. Nevada State AFL-CIO – the state federation of labor representing more than 200,000 workers in 120 labor unions across the state, including thousands of police officers, fire fighters, construction workers and teamsters – stands with the vast majority of Nevadans who support common sense measures like criminal background checks on gun sales.
The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 has long been a leader in the fight for working families and all Nevadans in its efforts to promote decent wages, safe working conditions, and quality health and pension benefits for its members. Today, the Culinary Union’s membership tops 60,000, making it the largest organization to represent Nevada’s working families and their need for economic security, quality schools and safe communities.
To: Nevadans For Background Checks
From: National Latino Peace Officers Association Advocacy
I am Alan Alvarez, Chairman of the National Latino Peace Officers Association – Advocacy Group (NLPOA-Advocacy]. The primary purpose of the National Latino Peace Officers Association- Advocacy (501c4] is to promote social welfare by advocating with regard to law enforcement, including best practices, diversity, and community relations.
The NLPOA-Advocacy Nevada Charter has recommended to the National NLPOA-Advocacy Board support of Nevada Ballot Check Initiative. The NLPOAA-Advocacy Nevada Charter and its members have reviewed and vetted the Nevada Background Check Ballot Initiative. Our members and their families support the upcoming Background Check Ballot Initiative. This Ballot Initiative further serves as a means to restrict the illegal use of deadly firearms by requiring background checks upon unlicensed gun sales on the Internet, at gun shows, and between private individuals.
July 8, 2016
To: Nevadans for Background Checks, Question 1
Fr: The Latin Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
The Latin Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to its mission of promoting the success of Hispanic owned businesses in Nevada and maintains that safe communities are critical to achieving that goal. Gun violence is increasingly a problem right here in Nevada and in particular, Clark County where violent crimes committed with guns are significantly on the rise. Gun violence no longer is confined to the streets, we have seen it infiltrate our schools, our houses of worship, our tourism attractions and our small businesses and the costs are too hard to ignore. Innocent people are killed, families are left to grieve and our communities feel less safe.
No one law will prevent every crime or stop every tragedy, but there are common-sense approaches we can take to make it harder for felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people to buy guns. Question 1, The Background Check Initiative, is a measure on the November ballot that would require criminal background checks on all gun sales. Currently, under Nevada law only licensed gun dealers are required to conduct criminal background checks. Passing Question 1 would close the loophole and require checks on all gun sales, with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting and self-defense. It is a sensible proposal that respects the rights of law-abiding gun owners while making it harder for criminals and felons to buy guns.
Las Vegas, NV: The Nevada State Education Association (NSEA) and Nevada Parent Teacher Association (PTA) today announced that both organizations endorse Question 1, The Background Check Initiative, a measure on the November ballot that will close a loophole in the law and require criminal background checks on all gun sales in Nevada.
Schools have increasingly been impacted by gun violence and educators are on the front lines in keeping kids safe. Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, there has been a growing demand by parents and educators in Nevada for policies and initiatives that will reduce violence at schools and in surrounding communities. That’s why both NSEA and Nevada PTA along with individual educators including those personally impacted by gun violence are supporting Question 1.
“All of Nevada’s students deserve safe schools, and as educators we are committed to doing all we can to help ensure the safety of our students and the people who work in schools. Unfortunately, educators are acutely aware of how gun violence can shatter the feeling of security necessary for student success; gun violence resulting in the deaths of educators and students have occurred across our state. Nevadans must act now to support a sensible law that will help prevent gun violence by closing the loophole allowing dangerous people to purchase guns without a background check,” said Ruben Murillo, Jr., President of the Nevada State Education Association, representing more than 24,000 Nevada educators.
Las Vegas, NV: The Fraternal Order of Police, Las Vegas Lodge 1, announced today that the organization representing hundreds of members of the law enforcement community stands in support of Question 1, The Background Check Initiative, a measure to close the loophole in the law and require criminal background checks on all gun sales.
“Passing Question 1 will help prevent criminals and other prohibited people from purchasing guns through private sales, which will help make our communities safer,” Las Vegas Fraternal Order of Police President David Moody said. “Closing the loophole and enforcing criminal background checks on all gun sales will help save the lives of police officers by keeping guns out of the wrong hands.”
Since 1980, 15 police officers in Nevada have been shot and killed in the line of duty with guns that were not their own, according to one study. In those incidents, eight of the shooters were prohibited purchasers such as felons and convicted domestic abusers. Research shows that background checks work in keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. Between 2012 and 2014 in Nevada, 5,379 gun sales were blocked to prohibited purchasers because of background checks and of those blocked sales, 63 percent were felons and fugitives seeking to buy guns. Closing the loophole will help reduce crime and save lives. In the 18 states where criminal background checks are required on all handgun sales, there are 48 percent fewer law enforcement officers shot and killed compared to states that have not closed the loophole.
Las Vegas, NV: Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson today endorsed Question 1, The Background Check Initiative, a measure on the November ballot that will close a loophole in the law and require criminal background checks on all gun sales in Nevada.
“As a prosecutor, I know that it is all too easy for criminals who are prohibited from buying guns to get them online where background checks are not required,” Wolfson said. “One of the things that makes America’s justice system the envy of the world is that our laws apply to everyone. That’s what Question 1 is about – making sure everyone follows the law that’s already in place and conducts a criminal background check before selling a gun. Question 1 closes the loophole in the law and would actually protect law-abiding gun owners from selling a gun to a felon or some other person who is prohibited by law from owning it.”
Currently in Nevada, only licensed gun dealers are required to conduct criminal background checks on gun sales. There is a loophole in the law that allows for felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people to buy guns online and at gun shows, no background check required. Question 1 will close that loophole by requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting and self-defense.
Las Vegas, NV: The Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers (NAPSO) has endorsed the November ballot measure to require criminal background checks on all gun sales in Nevada. NAPSO is the largest affiliation of law enforcement associations in Nevada representing nearly 1,500 law enforcement professionals including police and corrections officers, deputy sheriffs, juvenile and adult parole and probation officers, Nevada Highway Patrol troopers, Capital and Legislative police, and University police from across the state.
Elaine Wynn to Chair Board of Business, Law Enforcement, Domestic Violence Prevention, and Other Civic Leaders in Support of Ballot Initiative to Prevent Gun Violence
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