In the final hours of the Nevada legislative session, a comprehensive background check bill was passed by narrow margins by lawmakers. Gov. Brian Sandoval is expected to veto it.
The bill requires background checks for all sales, including those made between private buyers and sellers.
Many legislators who opposed the measure, said it only passed because of pressure from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s organization, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Lobbyists for the pro-gun control group reportedly threatened to run attack ads against those who oppose it in their next reelection campaign. Bloomberg is said to be putting pressure on the governor to sign the bill into law.
“Our bipartisan coalition – led by our Nevada mayors – urges Governor Sandoval to join the overwhelmingly majority of his constituents in supporting this commonsense measure,” said Bloomberg in a statement. “Signing this bill into law will help keep guns out of the wrong hands and save lives.”
If Sandoval vetoes the bill, his veto may be overturned with a two-thirds majority, not likely due to the margin it passed the first time. If the veto stands, the measure will not be reconsidered until the next session in 2015.
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