After universal background check legislation in Nevada was vetoed in 2013, a group connected to billionaire former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is back with a petition signature drive to qualify a background check initiative for the 2016 ballot.
The initiative, which would require background checks to be performed by a licensed gun dealer virtually any time a gun changes hands, even transfers between private parties, is similar to legislation that passed both the state Senate and Assembly in 2013 but was vetoed by Republican Governor Brian Sandoval.
The 2013 legislation (SB221) was sponsored by state Senator Justin Jones (D-Las Vegas), who headlined Monday’s petition drive launch by Nevadans for Background Checks, which is tied to Bloomberg organizations.
According to its filing with the Nevada Secretary of State (NVSoS), Nevadans for Backgrounds Checks PAC is affiliated with Everytown for Gun Safety. The Everytown organization was formed by a merger between Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) and another group.