Are casino executives retarded? Yes, yes they are. The effect of banning guns in casinos will mean that crime will go up as criminals can assume that crime will go up as criminals can assume that everyone on or near the Strip or downtown is disarmed. This bill will have an unintended consequence of driving up crime as criminals are no longer afraid of unarmed tourists.
We have it on good authority that MGM and Wynn casinos are pushing SB 452, the casino gun-free zone gun ban bill, which was revived from the language in AB 286 earlier. The assembly bill had the gun-free zone language stripped out, but casino pressure on the Democrat controlled legislature saw the provision revived through emergency procedures.
After casinos closed down in 2020 due to the pandemic, no one was traveling because of fear and poverty. The casinos lowered rates to insanely low levels and attracted customers who couldn’t ordinarily afford to come to Vegas. A lot of these customers were utter trash; humans with low impulse control of their violent tendencies and a lot of gang members, felons, and drug dealers.
We had a number of high profile crimes happen on the Strip and a spectacular increase in violence. Metro had to specially bust down on people illegally carrying guns. Casinos installed magic gun detectors so now even legal concealed carriers could get popped by these machines.
So what do the Democrats and the stupid executives do? They support making a new trespassing offense for having a gun at a casino. Basically, if they don’t want you armed at a casino, you won’t be. The past/current “honor system” of keep it concealed and don’t cause trouble will be out the window. MGM controls multiple casinos on the Strip and Caesar’s, the other big chain, will probably follow suit, along with the smaller operations.
Guns will be illegal even in your car in the parking lot, garages, or dropping of/picking up. You can bet security will not be conducive to allowing you to walk from casino to casino, checking your gun at each one, just so you can stay armed as you walk the Strip or Las Vegas’ and Reno’s scummy downtown casino areas. The effect of this bill is the area of the major casinos will be gun-free zones and havens for criminals.
Because tourists don’t just stay at one casino like an inclusive resort, but instead walk from casino to casino, the various attractions and local businesses, no one will be carrying. Since the Strip has zero public parking and you won’t be able to go into most casinos armed anyway, everything from Dean Martin to Maryland Parkway will be gun free. Remember; you can’t legally even have a gun in your car at the casinos.
That means that crime will go up. We know that concealed carry decreases crime because criminals are afraid of being shot. Criminals will be able to assume that anyone in these areas on foot are disarmed. Their risk of being shot will decrease dramatically and crime will go up.
So because the casinos lower rates, invite trash who cause crime, the casinos now want to increase penalties for carrying a gun at a casino, and this will have the unintended consequence of driving up crime. If SB 452 goes into law, violence and crime on the Strip will only increase and tourists will be scared away.
Everyone remembers what a scumhole New York City was until Mayor Giuliani cleaned it up. Las Vegas’ casinos would be stupid to repeat the same mistake by criminalizing legally armed citizens.
Clayton E. Cramer
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