Gov. Sandoval says no to expanded background checks bill

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Gov. Sandoval says no to expanded background checks bill

Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed a bill this morning that would have required background checks on all private firearm sales in the state. Senate Bill 221 was introduced by State Senator Justin Jones of Las Vegas and made it through the legislature during the session.

In his veto message, the Governor says the bill "has a number of worthy components," including a measure to expedite court reporting of mental health adjudications and expand the list of people banned from owning a gun due to mental illness. However, Sandoval says the bill's expansion of background checks would have ultimately been an erosion of Nevadans' Second Amendment rights and done little to prevent criminals from unlawfully obtaining firearms.

But Brian Fadie of Progress Now Nevada says not so:

"This background check bill is not a threat to anyone's Second Amendment right other than criminals and the dangerously mentally ill who we have already established are not allowed to own guns if they go to a federally licensed dealer."

Fadie says all this bill did was expand that background check process to private sales, which often happen on the Internet or at gun shows. Fadie says Sandoval is the first governor to veto gun control legislation since the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut six months ago.

With today's veto of SB221, the Governor has now finished making decisions on all bills approved by the 2013 Legislature. He vetoed 15 bills in total. Some of the bills he signed today include one that adds 2 million dollars to the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship program and one that reduces the size of k-12 classrooms.