Following the issuance of Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt’s important legal opinion on the enforceability of Nevada Question 1, a gun control ballot initiative funded by Everytown for Gun Safety and wealthy anti-gun elitists like Michael Bloomberg, Firearms Policy Coalition spokesperson and Nevada state lobbyist Craig DeLuz has issued the following statement:
On behalf of law-abiding gun owners and civil right advocates everywhere, we would like to thank Nevada Attorney General Laxalt for his excellent and well-reasoned legal opinion on Nevada’s unenforceable Question 1 gun control ballot initiative, which passed by less than 1 percent.
This opinion represents a serious setback to both Question 1 and the radical plans for a “West Coast Wall” of gun control reaching from the Pacific Ocean to the mountain and western states.
Question 1 mandated that all private firearm transfers be cleared directly through the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) rather than Nevada’s existing “point of contact” background check system, which queries state and federal databases (including NICS).
However, as the FBI and Attorney General Laxalt have now confirmed, the federal NICS background check system cannot be hijacked by anti-gun billionaires like Michael Bloomberg and their civilian disarmament agenda.
Bloomberg and his puppet organization Everytown for Gun Safety spent tens of millions of dollars on Nevada’s Question 1, Initiative 1491 in Washington, helping to elect anti-gun governor Kate Brown in Oregon, and on Question 3 in Maine (which failed).
Of the nearly $20 Million in political contributions supporting Question 1, approximately $15 Million was donated by Everytown for Gun Safety and its Political Action Fund committee.
And despite the 3-to-1 spending gap, Question 1 passed by fewer than 10,000 votes – less than 1% of the total statewide vote – and only in Clark County.
Everytown and Bloomberg have proven that they are rabidly committed to abusing the initiative process in order to go around public hearings and legislation.
Thankfully, the checks and balances in existing federal law and the common-sense opinion by Attorney General Laxalt appear to be doing their job in preventing a fundamentally-flawed legal scheme like Question 1 from infringing the fundamental, individual civil rights of law-abiding people.
Firearms Policy Coalition (www.firearmspolicy.org) is a 501(c)4 grassroots, nonprofit advocacy organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.