According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 77 percent of criminals in state prison for firearm crimes get firearms through theft, on the black market, “on the street,” or from family members and friends. Less than one percent get firearms from dealers or non-dealers at gun shows.
ATF has reported, “[t]he most frequent type of trafficking channel identified in ATF investigations is straw purchasing from federally licensed firearms dealers.” Criminals defeat the background check system by getting guns through straw purchasers. The terrorists who attacked in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015, used firearms they acquired through an alleged straw purchaser.
"Universal" Background Check and Gun Registration
"Universal" background checks are not universal because criminals will never comply with these requirements. According to the National Institute for Justice, "Universal" background checks are unenforceable without requiring complete gun registration. This gun control initiative is an unenforceable, unfunded mandate on law-abiding citizens that will only diver law enforcement's already scarce resources and would provide the first step in creating a registry of all law-abiding gun owners.
Who's Behind This Initiative?
The initiative is being bankrolled by a coalition of out of state billionaires who want to destroy the Silver State's proud traditions and support for our fundamental right to self-defense. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, have already spent millions gathering signatures to put this initiative on the ballot.
Initiative Is Unenforceable
"Universal" Background Checks are not universal because criminals will never comply with these requirements. According to the National Institute of Justice, "Universal" Background Checks are unenforceable without requiring complete gun registration. The Bloomberg Gun Control Initiative is an unenforceable, unfunded mandate on law-abiding citizens that will only divert law enforcement's already scarce resources and would provide the first step in creating a registry of all law-abiding gun owners.
Exceptions Are Misleading
The Initiative supposedly exempts transfers for hunting and shooting ranges, but the initiative language is a confusing labyrinth of exemptions and undefined terms. For example, a firearm can be borrowed for hunting, but the transfer must take place in the hunting field rather than the transferor’s home.
The exemptions also create a strange situation for Nevada’s concealed carry permit holders. Due to the background checks that permit holders go through to get a permit, under current law they are exempt from the background check requirement when acquiring a firearm from a licensed dealer. However, the initiative contains no such exemption, so permit holders would be exempt from a background checks when acquiring a firearm directly from a licensed dealer, but not when the same dealer facilitates a sale from another person to a permit holder.
Ways You Can Take Action Now
Election Day 2016 will be here before you know it and, to ensure this gun-control initiative is rejected, we need your active participation now!