Yesterday, a joint judiciary committee was held to consider Senate Bill 143 less than 21 hours after the bill language became available to the public. After hearing hours of testimony, the committee recessed shortly before the Senate Committee reconvened and passed the bill on a party line vote. SB 143 will now head to the Senate floor for a vote, which is anticipated today. Please click the take action button below to contact your Senator and urge their opposition to SB 143.
Senate Bill 143 is an attempt to “fix” the flawed initiative from the 2016 election by striking and replacing the language in order to enact it. It would require anyone relinquishing possession of a firearm to visit a federally licensed dealer in order to process a Nevada state background check, with limited exceptions, or face criminal penalties. It is riddled with problems that were repeatedly brought to light over the course of the hearing. The legislation lacks key definitions and workable provisions that could leave gun owners susceptible to criminal penalties. If passed, the law would go into effect January 2nd, 2020.
The NRA would like to thank the countless NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who showed up in force from throughout the State of Nevada in opposition to this bill.