BREAKING: Nevada Governor to Veto Universal Background Check Bill After Being Bombarded With Calls

June 8 2013
by GSL Staff
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400px-Brian_Sandoval_2010If you want evidence that actually getting on the phone and letting elected officials know how you feel works, then look no further.

After the NRA put out an action alert on a “universal background check” bill passed by the Nevada legislature, the Governor’s office was bombarded with phone calls.

The office actually had to setup an automated system to field the calls as they simply didn’t have enough staff to take all calls.

Local Nevada media publications have long been reported that the governor would most likely veto any new gun legislation, but there was always a little room for doubt. In light of the phone campaign, the office actually announced the bill will be vetoed, but a timeline was not given.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal,

They have been so bombarded by calls from people who want the governor to veto the gun control bill passed by the Legislature that they set up an automated phone system to allow “voting” on Senate Bill 221.

Although the governor for months has said he will veto the bill, 2,200 people called his office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, a day after the National Rifle Association asked gun control opponents to call and let him “hear your opposition.” Four out of five calls have been for the veto.

“He is going to veto the bill,” reasserted the governor’s press secretary, Mary-Sarah Kinner, something the Review-Journal and other Nevada media have reported for months.

If the bill was signed by the governor, Nevada would become the 8th state to have universal background check requirements. In most other states, law abiding gun owners are free to transfer firearms to any resident of their state which they do not suspect is a felon. Universal background check legislation would mean a buyer and seller would have to meet at a gun dealer, pay anywhere from $5-50 for a background check, and there would be paperwork generated by the transaction that would be stored on site by the dealer. That is, unless the dealer goes out of business and then all records are turned over to the ATF and added to their centralized records.

In Nevada, the legislature only meets once every other year (wow, there is a state that actually has an efficient government?) so it would be February 2015 before the lawmakers could even attempt to override the governor’s veto.

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