Nevada Background Checks for Gun Purchases Initiative (2016)

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Background Checks for Gun Purchases Initiative
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Referred by:Citizens
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.[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 former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I).[2]


  • Nevadans for State Gun Rights

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 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.[4][5][6][7]

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