Nevada Background Checks for Gun Purchases Initiative (2016)

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The Nevada Background Checks for Gun Purchases Initiative may appear 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.[1]

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.[1]

Supporters refer to the measure as The Background Check Initiative.[1]

As of 2014, firearms may be sold by individuals via advertisements and at gun shows without requiring purchasers to undergo background checks.[2]


The initiative petition was filed by the organization Nevadans for Background Checks.[3] The group is associated with Everytown for Gun Safety, which is backed by Michael Bloomberg (I).[2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Nevada

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 8, 2014, election officials confirmed that enough valid signatures were certified. The measure will go before the legislature in 2015. If the measure is rejected or no action is taken, it will go before voters in 2016.[4][5]

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