NV governor snubs NYC mayor’s threats, vetoes anti-gun bill

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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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.


  • Doug Hanks

    Bloomberg may go after him with his gun.


    Bloomberg should mind his own f—-ed.up city.

  • Larry Mellette

    Ask the people. Good government.

  • ernie barber

    God bless Gov. Sandoval! Little by little we americans, and alot of men and women have died for our flag,are losing are freedoms! This is not the country i grew up in back in the 50's. It's really a shame. People such as the ny gov. and bammy boy are destroying what freedom i knew growing up in Texas. Being a Nam vet, exmarine, i fill for all the veterans from WW1 all the way to the present. Freedom isn't free. And people such the ny gov. and bammy boy, need to go and live on a pig farm in N.Korea.And then tell me how bad this nation is! I just love how people hate and want to destroy everything great and beautiful this nation is. God bless the Gov. Sandoval and others like him!

  • kenneth daly

    you go, sandoval, its nice to see someone with the back bone to do the right thing!!

  • Doug Hanks

    Is Sandoval a Hispanic name????

    • Nancy Plum

      It is Spanish. Does it matter?

  • Doug Hanks

    It does to some.

    • oldranger68

      If he is more American than someone with an Irish/Scot/English name then it sure as hell doesn't matter to me. It appears to me his name is an American name.

  • Rocketman

    I want to know what threats Bloomberg made against Sandoval!!

    I want to know why Bloomberg is not in a jail cell !!

    I want to know why Bloomberg's threats were passed over and why Bloomberg's threats were not in the headlines ??

  • Horatio Hornblatt

    Bloomberg: We don't need your thought control!

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