Second Amendment supporters are already celebrating a large victory this year, after learning that a universal background check measure, recently approved by voters in Nevada, will not be put into law.
According to The Washington Times, the FBI and Nevada’s attorney general have deemed the law “unenforceable,” making the initiative that cost $19 million, and which was supported by Michael Bloomberg’s gun-control advocacy group, essentially a waste of time and money.
The measure, approved by only 50.4% of Nevada voters on Nov. 8th, was scheduled to take effect at 12:00 a.m. on Jan. 1st.
From the Reno Gazette-Journal:
The FBI sent a letter Dec. 14 to the state of Nevada’s Department of Public Safety saying it would not conduct these checks. The department asked for a legal opinion on the letter’s ramifications.
Because the text of the new Background Check Act says private-party transfers and sales must be done through the FBI background check system, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office opinion states, “citizens may not be prosecuted for their inability to comply with the Act unless and until the FBI changes its public position and agrees to conduct the background checks consistent with the Act.”
In a statement, the attorney general’s office said, “without this central feature (the FBI background check), the Background Check Act cannot commence.”
The main reason given by the FBI for why it would not conduct the check is that “the recent passage of the Nevada legislation regarding background checks for private sales cannot dictate how federal resources are applied.”
In other words, it would require additional staffing or resources at the FBI to handle the work arising from Nevada’s expansion of background checks.
“The fact that Nevada’s background check law has been deemed unenforceable is not only a victory for the people of Nevada, it exposes the entire Bloomberg gun control effort as a fraud,” NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said. “This confirms what we at the NRA have been saying all along. The Bloomberg agenda is being pushed by uninformed political activists who prey on people’s emotions.”
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