Last week, the Nevada legislature passed a radical gun bill which the governor pledged to veto. In spite of interference and threats from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Mayors Against Illegal Guns group, Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed the bill as promised.
The main sticking point was that private citizens in Nevada selling firearms to each other would have to run background checks.
In his veto message, Sandoval said the “provisions pertaining to background checks for the private sale and transfer of firearms constitute an erosion of Nevadans’ Second Amendment rights.”
While Sandoval praised the mental health reporting requirements of the bill, he noted that it imposed harsh penalties on law-abiding citizens, but did little to “prevent criminals from unlawfully obtaining firearms.”
The move is a stunning defeat to Bloomberg’s efforts to intimidate lawmakers into supporting anti-gun legislation.
The governor’s office set up a hotline to register callers’ opinions as to whether he should sign the legislation or veto it.
Callers who reached the automated phone line would hear the following message, “You have reached the office of Governor Brian Sandoval. If you are calling to vote in support of Senate Bill 221 please press one. If you are calling to vote against Senate Bill 221 please press two.”
Over several days prior to the veto, tens of thousands of calls were reportedly being registered daily — with about three to four callers urging a veto for every one caller supporting the bill.
The Nevada Firearms Coalition applauded Sandoval ‘s decision:
The Nevada Firearms Coalition thanks Governor Brian Sandoval for his veto of SB 221.The Governor put the wishes of his constituents over the lobbying and advertising dollars of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his gun control group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
In the days since SB 221 passed the Assembly with all Republicans and four Democrats in opposition, Governor Sandoval has been bombarded with calls and e-mails urging him to pass or veto the controversial bill. Telephone calls came in such large numbers that the Governor’s office had to set up a separate telephone line to handle the traffic, which was running four to one against SB 221 and in favor of a veto.
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