Nevada Background Checks for Gun Purchases Initiative (2016)
|Voting on Firearms|
|Not on ballot|
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.
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 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.
- 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
- 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
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