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Gov. Lombardo vetoes three major bills limiting firearms access

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Lucia Starbuck
KUNR Public Radio
Democrats Sen. Dallas Harris (left) and Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui denounced the governor’s vetoes at a press conference in Carson City, Nev., on May 17, 2023.

Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo denied the gun safety bills shortly before a planned press conference by advocates.

The Democratic-backed bills would have prohibited people under 21 from buying and possessing semi-automatic shotguns and rifles, restricted firearms within 100 feet of election sites, and banned people convicted of a hate crime from owning a gun for 10 years.

The news broke as Democrats and gun violence prevention advocates were set to hold a press conference urging the governor to sign the bills into law. Instead, speakers denounced his decision.

Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, a survivor of the Oct. 1, 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, sponsored two of the bills.

“After his time consoling the families of ‘One October,’ I expected the governor to have the basic empathy to realize his responsibility to prevent future mass shootings,” Jauregui said. “I never want a Nevadan to experience the trauma that I and so many have endured, and I would have expected the governor to want the same.”

Following his first vetoes of the session, Lombardo issued a written statement saying, “I will not support legislation that infringes on the constitutional rights of Nevadans.”

It was not immediately clear if lawmakers would attempt to override the vetoes.

Lucia Starbuck is an award-winning political journalist and the host of KUNR’s monthly show Purple Politics Nevada. She is passionate about reporting during election season, attending community events, and talking to people about the issues that matter most to them.
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