AP: Nevada governor opposing gun buyer background check measure

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval came out firmly on the side of Nevada gun owners by opposing Nevada’s Question 1, which would mandate background checks.

The anti-gun effort is being financed from out of the state by New York City billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

Via AP:

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval came out against a background check initiative supported by gun control advocates on the November ballot, saying Thursday it would “unnecessarily restrict rights of law-abiding Nevadans.”

“The governor does not support Question 1,” Sandoval spokeswoman Mari St. Martin said in a statement. It said Sandoval wasn’t satisfied the measure addressed “the complex issue of keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals.”

The declaration from the Republican governor, who was a state attorney general and federal judge before being elected in 2010, drew praise from the National Rifle Association and criticism from initiative supporters in a state where the two sides cast the question before voters in starkly different terms.

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