Score this one as a success! AB 286, the bill that would have banned guns first on pretty much all private property with just a tiny sign, then casino properties, passed the Assembly on a party line vote. It goes on to the Senate. The BIG WIN here is that the trespassing while armed portion of the bill was removed! It is not only about 80% unfinished receivers or so-called "ghost guns."
Many thanks are owed to the NVFAC PAC for their help in getting us this far and they will work in the Senate to get the remainder of the bill taken care of. On a side note, the federal government is probably going to ban that stuff anyway, but, it is still a huge win.
See the current amended version here.
As you recall, the original bill would have allowed private property owners pretty much anywhere to ban even permitted concealed carry. This was toned down to just premises with unrestricted gaming licenses.
No one deserves to be disarmed anywhere they go. Casinos cannot protect innocent citizens from violence inside their casinos, on the Strip, the parking garage, etc. Heck, you aren't safe within rifle range of a hotel window. The persons causing violence on the Las Vegas Strip are not law-abiding citizens or even permitted concealed carriers (though we loathe the idea of permission slips).
We do not believe the power of the state should be extended to ban firearms on private property. If a property owner does not want armed patrons, the existing trespassing statutes, which require a verbal warning and not just a sign, are sufficient. We know that signs don't protect anyone and don't dissuade criminals from carrying guns. All signs do is give police a reason to arrest after an incident has happened while good people are defenseless.
At a bare minimum, concealed firearm permittees should have been exempted from the bill. If hotels want to disarm permittees, let them exercise their existing prerogatives. Hotels, if they are going to disarm customers, need to provide secure storage in the rooms. Laws shouldn't prohibit someone who is picking up fares or dropping off friends at the entrance, or storing the gun in a locked car, from those behaviors.
Sandra Jauregui is clearly off the reservation within her party and unsupported by her collogues. The left knows that gun control is unpopular right now and something like banning guns in a majority of public spaces would be very risky to re-election. Keep up the pressure!
No more gun control!
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Clayton E. Cramer
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The War on Guns
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