Nevada Background Checks for Gun Purchases Initiative (2016)
|Background Checks for Gun Purchases Initiative|
|Topic:||Firearms on the ballot|
|Status:||On the ballot|
The Nevada Background Checks for Gun Purchases Initiative is on the November 8, 2016 ballot in Nevada as an indirect initiated state statute. The measure, upon voter approval, would require that an unlicensed person who wishes to sell or transfer a firearm to another person conduct the transfer through a licensed gun dealer who runs a background check. A licensed dealer may charge a "reasonable fee" for his or her service.
The measure exempts certain transfers of firearms from background checks, including transfers between immediate family members and temporary transfers while hunting or for immediate self-defense.
Supporters refer to the measure as The Background Check Initiative.
As of 2014, firearms may be sold by individuals via advertisements and at gun shows without requiring purchasers to undergo background checks.
The initiative petition was filed by the organization Nevadans for Background Checks. The group is associated with Everytown for Gun Safety, which is backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I).
- Nevadans for State Gun Rights
Path to the ballot
Proponents of the initiative were required to collect 101,667 signatures by November 11, 2014. The group, Nevadans for Background Checks, turned in approximately 250,000 signatures by the deadline, according to Kayla Keller, a spokeswoman for the group.
On Monday, December 1, 2014, the group Nevadans for State Gun Rights requested that the measure petition be thrown out, citing missed deadlines, mismatching signature dates and pages missing signature-gatherers' affidavits as grounds for this action. However, on Monday, December 8, 2014, election officials confirmed that enough valid signatures were certified. The measure went before the legislature in 2015. Since no action was taken by March 14, 2015, the measure was placed on the 2016 ballot.
- Nevada Secretary of State, "The Background Check Initiative," accessed June 24, 2014
- Las Vegas Review Journal, "Nevada petition filed to require background checks for gun purchases," June 20, 2014
- Nevadans for Background Checks, "Homepage," accessed June 24, 2014
- 8 News Now, "Group asking Nevada to throw out gun ballot item," December 1, 2014
- Seattle PI, "Nevada accepts 2016 gun, marijuana ballot items," December 8, 2014
- Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Pot, gun control measures could be headed for Nevada ballot," November 11, 2014
- Reno Gazette-Journal, "Legal marijuana, background checks going to voters," March 12, 2015
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