Divisive gun bill watered down, measure to decriminalize traffic tickets dies – Reno Gazette Journal


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Another deadline has passed at the Nevada Legislature, this time claiming high-profile proposals to tighten local gun laws, protect renters and decriminalize traffic tickets.

Friday’s final cut-off to move bills out of committee saw major changes to Assembly Bill 291, a firearms measure that originally sought to allow cities and counties to enact tougher gun restrictions than those approved by the state.

The provision was vehemently opposed by Republicans and gun rights groups, not to mention the hosts of a popular trade show.

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The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which hosts the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, threatened to leave town if Nevada counties were allowed to exceed the state standard on firearm restrictions. 

That proved to be the death of the provision, which will be replaced with a “red flag” law that allows courts greater power to seize guns from people deemed a danger to themselves or others.

Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, D-Las Vegas, testifies to a joint meeting of the Assembly and Senate Judiciary committees in the Legislative Building in Carson City Monday, April 1, 2019, on her bill, A.B. 291, which would ban bump stocks and other firearms modifications. (Photo: K.M. Cannon, AP)

A heavily revised version of AB 291 is expected to resurface for a hearing this week. Surviving parts of the bill would ban bump

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