No, 2019 and the Democratic control of the Nevada state government will not bring with it a reprise of Clark County’s handgun registration. What it is guaranteed is that the statehouse will be chock full of stupid and tears will wet the cheeks Kit Carson’s statue. Bad gun bills will be legion. Let’s be realistic about what we’re facing.
Handgun registration is not coming back to Eastern California Clark County. The blue card program was not very useful and not-well-liked by the public. Reinstating it would result in near non-compliance and would be far too expensive for Metro to bother with. The danger though is in the host of other laws that were finally killed off in 2015, such as the three-day wait (unless you had a blue card already).
Repealing or modifying state preemption of local guns laws, which has been in on the books since 1989, would cause problems. Little ones would be reinstating waiting periods as above. San Francisco on the Truckee might to try it’s hands at a Boulder, Colorado, style “assault weapon” “certification” program while North Las Vegas gets to put it’s “loitering while armed” laws back on the books to harass people for no good reason.
Locally, we would have to watch for hoplopathic petty tyrants trying to virtue signal via the municipal code, locally passing all sorts of garbage they couldn’t get through in Carson City. On the other hand, conservative counties like Nye and Douglas would probably pass a “Second Amendment protection” ordinance to locally nullify the Sleestak’s gun control.
Nationally, the hot topics have been “universal background checks” and “red flag laws.” “Universal background checks” is just code for banning private gun sales to set the state for sale/transfer based registration (for Californians, think DROS). Red flag laws, also known as gun violence restraining orders, are basically court orders that allow the police to confiscate guns from people reported as potentially homicidal or suicidal. We’ll get both.
First, background checks will by one form of chicanery or the other will pass, but will quickly get tied up in court, leaving us pretty much where we are now. Second, with precious few Republicans in the legislature and probably none of them wanting to get skewered when the next Bad Thing With a Gun occurs, red flag laws will pass. It seems reasonable, and maybe if America was still sane it would be. The slippery slope is a poor defense for vulnerable politicians.
A stronger "safe storage" law will be passed in the wake of CCSD's inability to deal with it's gang and thug problem. Currently, Nevada law punishes anyone allowing a minor access to a firearm if something bad happens, such as the kid brings the gun to school or shoots someone. So to curb this evil, they'll likely require all handguns to be locked away and/or unloaded while not in use. Once again, the magic of legislation will somehow get people who have never heard of this new law to store their guns safely.
As far as magazine bans, assault weapon bans, 18-20 year old being disenfranchised from gun ownership, etc. we’ll see it all and it’s anyone’s guess what’ll make off Sleestak’s desk. Our best guide for what might happen is to look at other states.
Colorado and Oregon are good guides. Colorado is an example for non-compliance; they passed a bunch of laws, but they are basically ignored or evaded with ease and little consequence. Oregon is a good example, as like Nevada, it is lead by basically one major Democratic-voting city, and shows just how rapidly and tyranny-leaning legislation can move. I refrain from comparing us to Washington because we have at least another election and further demographic change to go before all hope is lost.
Now all things are possible with Democrats and Jesus, except Jesus only promises to make your guns unnecessary, not illegal. We’re not quite as bad as the People’s Republic to our west. All that depends on the next election. The Democrats control of the legislature is tied entirely to how stupid they want to be this year. If they want to go full retard and ban everything, along with more taxes, charging for plastic grocery bags, and flogging waiters for handing out straws, well more power to them.
I welcome Democrats fulfilling every statist, socialist fantasy that they’ve been waiting for this chance to inflict upon us. By all means, please waste your political capitol banning the guns of the most independent state in the Union. Hell, think of all the good we could do if we paid an income tax! Seriously now, going full retard on guns and other stuff leftists want to do will piss off moderates and energize at least a handful of competitive districts in 2020. That’ll mean in the next legislative session, there will be gridlock, or at least enough resistance to slow the vote to unite Nevada with California. If Sleestak is as smart as he is corrupt, he’ll realize that going all-out will make Nevada purple again.
As the Nevada Firearms Coalition’s PAC priorities state, priority one is to keep what we’ve gained thus far. Priority two is to buy time; time to finish buying guns and ammo, beans, bullets, and Band-Aids. A civil war is coming along with a bad economic downturn and the future is not a bright one. We need to buy as much time as possible. Campus/constitutional carry aren’t going to happen this year, so if you post that bright suggestion online you’re either a troll or new to the party.
On a bright note, one thing I realized here when I moved from California was that I am a free citizen. Once you understand that you are free all the other crap doesn’t seem so bad. Plus when it gets really bad, we all know what the Second Amendment is really about.
I know there is going to be lot of questions on this-or-that, but stay tuned as I’ll eventually address as many concerns as possible. Also, I’m not writing about everything I’m thinking because evil assholes read this blog. If you want to go down the what if rabbit hole with me, show up to the next NVFAC meetup or we’ll schedule a group down south.
Clayton E. Cramer
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