The 2019 Nevada legislative session was historic in terms of its diversity of representation, with women holding majorities in both chambers of a state legislature for the first time in the nation’s history.
But lawmakers made even more history by passing a number of bills that will improve the lives of Nevadans, including new laws on gun safety. These measures, some of which passed with bipartisan support, had been strongly supported by progressive activists for years.
With the legislative session in its final weeks, some advocates fear legislators are about to kill a substantial part of a gun law reform bill.
A bill to allow “Red Flag” laws — which allow family members or law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily seize firearms from a potentially dangerous person — will again fail to become law in Nevada after dying on Friday’s deadline day.
A national gun control lobbying organization on Tuesday made Nevada the latest Western state where it is trying to show that gun rights groups including the National Rifle Association are behind a "Second Amendment sanctuary" drive.
The bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui also aims to allow counties to pass stricter firearm laws than those imposed by the state. The Democratic lawmaker escaped the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival in which a gunman used bump stocks to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
On Monday of this week, a joint meeting of Nevada's Assembly and Senate Judiciary committees heard AB291, a measure that would formally ban gun modifications that would convert a semi-automatic firearm into a fully automatic model, in particular the bill bans the device known as a bump stock.
AB291 is being called the "1 October Bill." Most of the attention has gone to the proposed ban on devices like bump stocks. But it also calls for other changes to alcohol consumption while carrying a weapon and giving discretion to local governments on gun regulations.