Sheriff Darin Balaam had this to say.
Let me be clear, there is no excuse for getting this far behind. We’ve let the people of Washoe County down and we have let ourselves down. As to how we got here, some of it is the fact that we closed Administrative Services down for ten weeks in 2020 due to COVID-19; some if it is getting used to working with new software and some of it is just the sheer increase in the number of people purchasing guns and applying for a CCW.
This is how you deal with and fix a crisis like this. 120 days is the deadline, not the goal. LVMPD needs to treat its citizen's right to armed self-defense seriously and put the manpower where it needs to be to get permits in people's hands faster. Either that or support constitutional carry in Nevada.
Victor is right. Except for the "drafting error." No, in Question 1, the FBI NICS system was used instead of Nevada's own point of contact because NICS is free; Nevada charges $25. The proponents felt that Nevadans wouldn't vote for Question 1 if the background checks cost money.
Well then Attorney General Laxalt stepped in and the FBI said "No, we're not doing your checks for free. You chose a state system." Since the FBI couldn't run background checks, and since the state couldn't enforce a law without anyway to comply, Question 1 nullified.
In 2019, the Legislature and Governor Sisolak said "fuck you Nevadans, watch this" and passed the same law, except with the FBI taken out and the Nevada system installed. Now private gun sales are illegal and cost you $25 for someone to call Carson City...which last year had abysmal delays on "instant" background checks.
I would add this. If private gun bans are so wonderful, where are all the charges for illegal handgun sales? The DAs and police aren't wasting time to investigate that. The only charge I'm aware of in the Bloomberg background check era is one guy out of Washington state.
As far as 2020 homicides, locking down the state, terrifying people, and causing people to lose jobs, all while the desperate casinos lower rates that attract scum from out-of-state, sure didn't help.
But then again in 2020 gun sales went through the roof, so some dumbass who doesn't understand that correlation does not equal causation will say "See! Dramatically higher gun sales and higher murder rates! More guns = more crime!" It's an easy sell for the stupid because historical, cultural, and political factors don't show up nicely on a spreadsheet.
Casinos don't want people to have guns (excluding their security staff). This means that even if you are citizen who has gotten better tactical training than most police and shoot more often than they do and have a CCW, they don't care.
The first reason is liability. If they ban all the guns, then in some sense I don't fully understand they are less liable should something happen. So so they think. I haven't been able to find any good case law or really anything that explains this. The closest I've come is that some insurance carriers get weak kneed over the idea and don't want guns carried around at the places they insure.
Second the people in charge don't want you carrying. This could be normality bias from "your don't need a gun here" to outright hostility and leftist anti-gun thinking. Who knows. Some of it is rich people thinking "little people" who are dumb enough to lose money in the casino shouldn't have guns to begin with.
Finally, and what I think the real answer is, some near-superstitious idea that if you ban guns, through security, signs, or magic detectors your gun problems will go away. In one sense, this is true. Credible security measures will scare off the criminal who doesn't want to get caught illegally packing. Some law-abiding citizens won't want to bother with the hassle of unassing their gun or being treated like a terrorist by security.
As far as management, they banned the guns, so after that whatever happens is kinda like an act of god. Magical thinking I'm supposing here. They don't care what happens to you; your safety is not their priority. Their priority is making sure bad stuff doesn't happen on their property to create bad PR or shutdown gambling and loses them money.
An idea solution would be, should an armed person come across the proverbial or actual radar, is to see if that person has a CCW. If they do, no harm no foul. Maybe ask them to disarm while drinking or on the casino floor. But no, that would be too hard for casinos to do.
Let's be honest. The people causing problems with guns Downtown and on The Strip shouldn't have guns at all. They probably don't have CCWs and aren't openly carrying. They're drug addicts, drug dealers, felons, and gang members. No law will stop them from doing stupid, violent, and illegal stuff.
Disarming customers and engaging in security theater doesn't make anyone safe. Private security measures don't extend to the street where customers frequently travel. So to answer the question: "Why do you need a gun in a casino?" the answer is that crimes do happen inside them, in their parking lots, and on the streets and areas immediately outside them. If I choose to patronize these businesses, I shouldn't be disarmed because of a poorly thought out kneejerk policy.
And so what if the casino is now a sterile environment? Excluding the Mandalay Bay shooting, practically all the major gun battles on The Strip happened outside of casinos anyway.
AB 133 on NELIS
This bill is a direct response to the June 1, 2020, police killing of protestor Jorge Gomez, who was openly carrying during the riots in downtown Las Vegas in front of the federal courthouse. Police say Gomez was radicalized and may have tried to fire a shot. Police fired several less-lethal munitions at Gomez before shooting him. The exact details of the confrontation are disputed. The officers that night were not required to wear a body camera.
The lead sponsor of the bill is Assemblyman Edgar Flores, not coincidentally the attorney for the family of the dead man. This June 12, 2020 article from the Nevada Current basically lays out why Flores is proposing what he's proposing.
About the incident: Gomez did legally possess his weapons at the protest/riots, but what exactly he did is unclear. Nevada Carry is wary of long-gun open carry at rallies/protests and doubly so when things turn violent. Whatever Gomez may have done to get shot probably wasn't because he happened to be openly carrying. Whether police overreacted to an actual or perceived threat is up for discussion.
Bill analysis: On the surface, the bill would require police to active their body cams and be trained on interacting with persons who are openly carrying firearms. The language of the act leaves it suggests this would only apply in the case of actual enforcement or investigation, and not a casual or friendly encounter.
In the late 2000s, open carrier Tim Farrell was stopped by Metro without probable cause for openly carrying, which led to reforms and education within Southern Nevada law enforcement regarding open carry. Since then, police/open carrier interactions in Nevada have been overwhelmingly unremarkable.
Bottom line: watch, but could be a good bill. It's a bit of an overreaction by someone who has a conflict of interest, but increasing police oversight around armed citizens exercising their rights can't be bad. What could be bad is the kind of anti-open carry amendments that might be tacked on.
For those of you who knew Don, he was a really wonderful person and dedicate so much of his time for the cause of shooting sports and the Second Amendment in Nevada. He is responsible for building NVFAC into what it is, helping with the development of the Clark County Shooting Complex, and so much of what we shooters of Nevada have today. We're richer for having had him and all the poorer for his loss.
Nevada Firearms Coalition Announces Passing of NVFAC President Don Turner
Las Vegas – The Nevada Firearms Coalition is saddened to announce Monday the passing of is President, Don Turner, following his long battle with cancer.
Don Turner has been the heart and soul of the Nevada firearms community for many years, and his passing will be felt deeply by many across the state. Through his fierce and tireless dedication to the Second Amendment, Don was critical to restructuring and revitalizing the Nevada Firearms Coalition, and building the programming that was near and dear to his heart.
Under his leadership, the Nevada Firearms Coalition Foundation’s Annie Oakley Women’s Shooting Program has trained and empowered thousands of women to take ownership of their personal safety by increasing their skills and confidence with firearms. Don has also led the NVFAC PAC to include a full-time lobbying presence during the Nevada legislature to make sure the voices and rights of Nevada firearms owners continued to be protected.
Don’s legacy will continue to live on, not just in Las Vegas or Nevada, but across the country as he has dedicated his life to the ownership and safe use of firearms for self-defense, competition, recreation and hunting.
While we are now one fewer in our ranks, the Nevada Firearms Coalition will continue to protect and defend the Second Amendment and Nevada’s firearms owners, just as Don would want.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Don’s family, and we will share with you when we know more of their wishes for a celebration of Don’s life.
No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session. - Mark Twain
The 2021 Legislative Session begins tomorrow, Monday Feb. 1 and will run until May 31st. Democrats hold control of both houses and the governorship, so it will take your input to stop gun control. We must relentlessly call and email the legislators to make sure no bad gun control bills make it to the governor's desk.
During 2019, we saw many shenanigans pulled, including overnight bill introduction intended to take the opposition (pro-gun people) by surprise while Bloomberg bussed in supporters. This year, the legislature will be virtual, so there will be no in-person testimony or comment time. Everything will be done via virtual conference and video. It's imperative that supporters get spots for video comments when bills come up in committee. No doubt the anti-gun machine will try and game that to shut us and our opinions out.
We Nevadan's must say no more gun control! New gun owners this year must get involved to protect their rights and their new purchases. No one can afford to sit on the sidelines. With the events of 2020 and the disturbingly totalitarian administration occupying the White House, the Second Amendment is the last thing keeping Americans free.
We expect that social media will block us from posting at some point. You MUST bookmark www.nevadacarry.org/blog and the legislative page. Also sign up for the newsletter in case we need to do an emergency email blast. If you haven't joined or donated to the Nevada Firearms Coalition, do it now! In the absence of Facebook posts, come to this website and search the legislative site on your own.
If you hear of or decide to organize a rally, please let us know and we will help spread the word.
All legislator's email addresses
Chris.Brooks@sen.state.nv.us; Carrie.Buck@sen.state.nv.us; Nicole.Cannizzaro@sen.state.nv.us; Moises.Denis@sen.state.nv.us; Marilyn.DonderoLoop@sen.state.nv.us; Pete.Goicoechea@sen.state.nv.us; Scott.Hammond@sen.state.nv.us; Ira.Hansen@sen.state.nv.us; Joe.Hardy@sen.state.nv.us; Dallas.Harris@sen.state.nv.us; Ben.Kieckhefer@sen.state.nv.us; Roberta.Lange@sen.state.nv.us; Dina.Neal@sen.state.nv.us; James.Ohrenschall@sen.state.nv.us; Keith.Pickard@sen.state.nv.us; Julia.Ratti@sen.state.nv.us; Melanie.Scheible@sen.state.nv.us; Heidi.Gansert@sen.state.nv.us; James.Settelmeyer@sen.state.nv.us; Pat.Spearman@sen.state.nv.us
Natha.Anderson@asm.state.nv.us; Teresa.BenitezThompson@asm.state.nv.us; Shannon.BilbrayAxelrod@asm.state.nv.us; Annie.Black@asm.state.nv.us; Maggie.Carlton@asm.state.nv.us; Lesley.Cohen@asm.state.nv.us; Venicia.Considine@asm.state.nv.us; Jill.Dickman@asm.state.nv.us; email@example.com; John.Ellison@asm.state.nv.us; Edgar.Flores@asm.state.nv.us; Jason.Frierson@asm.state.nv.us; Cecelia.Gonzalez@asm.state.nv.us; Michelle.Gorelow@asm.state.nv.us; Gregory.Hafen@asm.state.nv.us; Alexis.Hansen@asm.state.nv.us; Melissa.Hardy@asm.state.nv.us; Sandra.Jauregui@asm.state.nv.us; Heidi.Kasama@asm.state.nv.us; Lisa.Krasner@asm.state.nv.us; Glen.Leavitt@asm.state.nv.us; Susan.Martinez@asm.state.nv.us; Elaine.Marzola@asm.state.nv.us; Andy.Matthews@asm.state.nv.us; Richard.McArthur@asm.state.nv.us; Brittney.Miller@asm.state.nv.us; CH.Miller@asm.state.nv.us; Daniele.MonroeMoreno@asm.state.nv.us; firstname.lastname@example.org; PK.Oneill@asm.state.nv.us; David.Orentlicher@asm.state.nv.us; Sarah.Peters@asm.state.nv.us; Tom.Roberts@asm.state.nv.us; Shondra.Armstrong@asm.state.nv.us; Clara.Thomas@asm.state.nv.us; Robin.Titus@asm.state.nv.us; Jill.Tolles@asm.state.nv.us; Selena.Torres@asm.state.nv.us; Howard.Watts@asm.state.nv.us; Jim.Wheeler@asm.state.nv.us; teve.Yeager@asm.state.nv.us
When it comes to armed protests or large patriotic gathering around Inauguration Day, be smart and use your head. Don't be part of the herd pushed over the cliff in a buffalo jump or identified by hostile media and law enforcement as "right wing terrorists/extremists."
Many people have been rightly suspicious of plans going around online to protest this coming weekend. The Truth About Guns has an excellent article about these events potentially being false flags.
In the comments, uncommon_sense said:
Some entity with some serious backing/resources created that flyer.
In Nevada in particular, right now is not the time to give the Legislature any ideas.
The Republic is dead, even what passed for its walking dead version (exactly when it reached the zombie stage is debatable). It was a hell of a beautiful run and will teach humanity what is possible if you're willing to live free. It served us well.
While I like to see Americans be Americans, this is my opinion on it all. Batten down the hatches, a storm is coming. It doesn't matter why or what side you're on, it's gonna be bad. Bittersweet I suppose, but with a deeper sense of foreboding.
Why, what should have been done differently, etc. is off the table at this point. Events have taken over. Buckle up, be safe, and remember you answer to yourself, your family, and God. May America and our government wake up and somehow stumble back from this brink for a brighter day.
The certification sessions of the US Congress has been suspended as pro-Trump patriots have breached the US Capitol and reached the House floor. Patriots have scuffled with police. Vice President Pence, senators, and representatives have been evacuated.
Mainstream media is suppressing, skewing, and minimizing what is going on why demonizing Trump protestors. This information comes on scene from people at the Capitol in Washington DC. This moment and these images are historic. Get out there and find the unbiased news; try Twitter and Gab.
Whatever this moment brings, it is historic and part of the hallowed rights enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. However, rebellion and revolution comes at a risk. Whatever happens, the outcome is unknown. Whether it will be good for America or bad, who knows. The revolution has begun.
Not sure who credit should go to, but Elijah Schaffer for the video.
It's not pleasant to see this happening to our country, but that the escape valve has been hit is the fault of a tone-deaf Congress, cowardly courts, and state officials that sought to subvert democracy. Totally ignoring the concerns of Americans and gaslighting them was the wrong thing to do. The allegations should have been taken seriously and seriously disproved. Ultimately to these revolutionaries, they have submitted themselves to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions. Now the events are beyond us. If there is any lesson here, it is that politicians must be responsive to their constituents and not simply dismiss them. Parliament did this to us in the 1760s and 1770s and they lost the colonies for it. I'm not sure what comes next, but surely the responsibility whatever rough beast slouching towards Bethlehem in our future is born of a government that forgot it needed the consent of the people.
Clayton E. Cramer
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