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The governor is calling a special session of the Legislature; could guns be on the table?
On the surface, no. The state constitution is quite specific that special sessions can only deal with the matter they were convened for, which would be coronavirus relief.
Art 4. Sec. 2A. Special sessions of Legislature: Procedure for convening; precedence; limitations on business and duration; void actions.
Art 5. Sec. 9. Special sessions of Legislature: Authority of Governor; limitations on business and duration; void actions.
The state constitution requires two votes, in separate sessions, so a 2020 special session would be the first vote and the second vote would be in the 2021 regular session. Following that, the income tax must be approved on the ballot by the voters before it becomes law.
As for any details about guns, that's unknown. Special sessions can only deal with the reason they are called, the COVID-19 crisis, and it would be difficult to work a gun control bill in, but not impossible. We've seen the Legislature ignore constitutional provisions before.
Right now, it depends on how the need for the session is worded on what can be proposed. A narrow financial need due to COVID-19 would be hard to stretch against guns.
The one thing they could do is argue that coronavirus related to states of emergencies and target the law protecting the Second Amendment during a state of emergency, but the federal court battle to protect that might be too high of a hill to climb. Like I said, Sisolak is already unpopular enough. Secondly, a repeal of that law would just confirm why it was enacted in the first place.
One thing is clear: taxes are going to go up.
Clayton E. Cramer
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