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What Nevadans Are Saying About Question One

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Nevada sheriff, state elected officials, and others are speaking out against the Question One gun control ballot initiative because they know it won’t stop criminals from getting guns. They know, it will criminalize the commonplace activities of law-abiding gun owners. They know it will cost Nevadans time, money, and freedom. 


"Make no mistake, Bloomberg's initiative is not about ensuring anyone's safety or protecting the public. It's about targeting our constitutional right to self-defense by making gun ownership heavily regulated, costly and onerous for everyday Nevadans."

-John Hambrick
speaker of the Nevada State Assembly, Ely Times, Question 1 is Restrictive of Gun Control Measures, September 30, 2016

"As the state’s chief law enforcement officer, I take seriously my duty to ensure that my fellow Nevadans are safe. I have carefully reviewed the Question 1 initiative and have concluded that it would not prevent criminals from obtaining firearms and would instead cost Nevadans time, money, and freedom."

-Adam Laxalt, Nevada Attorney General, Las Vegas Review Journal, August 17, 2016

“The governor does not support Question 1.  He has concerns that this measure would dilute the legitimate rights of law-abiding Nevadans and that it does not actually address the complex issue of keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals.” 

-Mari St. Martin, Spokesperson for Governor Sandoval, KTNV, August 10, 2016

“Enforcing [Question One] would tax already scarce law enforcement resources in Nevada. For example, the North Las Vegas police department was particularly hard hit by the Great Recession and barely avoided a state takeover. The department, like many around the state, is still strapped for cash.”

-Mario Alfonsi, Retired North Las Vegas police officer, Elko Daily Free Press, August 9, 2016

"Our shootings aren’t occurring because you have great citizens who are involved in these types of things. You have people that are out there committing a number of crimes and using more often than not stolen firearms, firearms with obliterated serial numbers, firearms that they trade in the drug world. These are not legal firearms that are used in the murder of a 101 people. Let’s be very candid, the vast majority of people who are getting their hands on firearms who shouldn’t have them, are not going through the background process.” 

-Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahil, KNPR Radio interview, August 4, 2016

"It merely places more restrictions on good people, will make it more difficult, and incur unnecessary costs for law-abiding citizens to manage their personal property."

- Sheriff Sharon Wehrly, Nye County, Associated Press, Most Nevada sheriffs against gun background check initiative, July 31, 2016 

"The core principle is not to infringe our right to keep and bear arms," Allen said during a break in the sheriffs' meeting on Thursday. "We need to focus on other issues like mental health, keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals, and not imposing more restrictions on law-abiding citizens."

- Sheriff Chuck Allen, Washoe County, Associated Press, Most Nevada sheriffs against gun background check initiative, July 31, 2016

“Largely bought and paid for by billionaire gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg, I believe Question 1 will do absolutely nothing to stop criminals while criminalizing the commonplace activities of many Nevada gun owners.”

- Sheriff Chuck Allen, Washoe County, Las Vegas Review Journal, Allen: Q1 would put more gun restrictions on law-abiding Nevadans, June 23, 2016


"To some, it may sound good on its face, but it will end up costing Nevadans time, money, and freedom."

- State Senator James Settelmeyer

“It will also stretch scarce law enforcement resources. Ultimately, I don’t think it will stop criminals from committing crimes.”

- State Senator James Settelmeyer, Las Vegas Review Journal, State senator opposes background check measure, July 29, 2016

"The Second Amendment will not be infringed. Once you start whittling away at our Second Amendment rights, state by state, you're in dangerous territory."

- State Senator James Settelmeyer, NRA News video, Watch

"Question One would do nothing to make the people of Nevada any safer. If a criminal wants to get a gun, he's going to go get a gun, period. What Bloomberg is doing is going to make criminals out of law-abiding citizens."

- Sheriff Ron Unger, Lander County, Bearing Arms, Bloomberg Just Can’t Help Himself When it Comes to Oppressing the Rights of Gun Owners, July 12, 2016

“This is for one thing a law that we can’t enforce. There’s no way of enforcing this. Only the citizens who follow the law are going to be the ones who follow it, and the ones that are the criminals aren’t going to follow it anyway. How are we going to follow it up?

“This comes back again to unfunded mandates that they’re passing on to the local law enforcement that we just don’t have the manpower or the money to do this.”

- Sheriff Jim Pitts, Elko County, Elko Daily Free Press, Sheriff Pitts says no to Question 1 on gun control, July 27, 2016

"[Question one] goes beyond monitoring purchases by placing emphasis on transfers, a process designed to turn peaceable civilians into criminal subjects by gumming up their logistical ability to handle arms.

"Question One appears on the surface to be a compassionate, anti-crime proposal to stop bad guys. In fact, it does no such thing. Criminals do not comply with statutes and will continue making trades on the black market or acquiring firearms by means of theft.

"The passage of Q1 would be difficult to enforce until such time that mechanisms to require complete gun registrations are put into place, and Q1 serves as that kick start for Bloomberg to fund additional "tweaks and fixes" in his pursuit to eventually achieve the ultimate goal of fully obliterating the Second Amendment."

- State Senator Don Gustavson, Gustavson constituent newsletter, August 1, 2016

"Any bill that does not address mental health, which I believe to be the core cause of the violence we've had across the country, does not meet my expectations. Mental health has to be addressed."

- Sheriff Kenny Furlong, Carson City Sheriff, Associated Press, Most Nevada sheriffs against gun background check initiative, July 31, 2016

"There is one group, however, that will not be affected by the freedom-sucking mandates of Question One: criminals. As we all know, criminals do not obey the laws. It is ridiculous to think that criminal thugs will subject themselves to government background checks and fees like the rest of us. Instead, they will get their guns the way they always have, from theft and from other criminal associates."

- Niger Innis, Nevadans for State Gun Rights, Desert Valley Times, The Nevada Question of Liberty, July 31, 2016

“Question 1 is a waste of taxpayer time and money and would only hamper legal gun transfers while doing nothing to prevent crime or protect public safety.”

“Gun related crimes are a result of several issues including criminals that pass background checks, street deals, unlawful dealers, stolen guns and straw purchasers. None of those issues are addressed, and certainly wouldn’t be stopped, by Question 1. Simply put, Question 1 makes it more difficult for legal transfers to be made, prohibiting law-abiding citizens from selling, loaning, leasing or gifting weapons to other law-abiding citizens.”

Lyle Brenner, Nevada Business MagazineNevada Business Magazine, The Fast Track to Felony for Law-Abiding Citizens: Gun Transfers and Question 1, May 1, 2016

“If you look at the cities that have the most gun control regulations, where it is almost impossible to get a firearm, you have the highest crime problems, like in Chicago.”

Jesus Marquez, Noticias –Las Vegas, El astronauta Mark Kelly habla con Noticias Nevada sobre violencia con armas de fuego, July 29, 2016


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