Blooming Assault on Nevada

By Jeff Knox

Stop Bloomberg's Nevada Background Iniative
Stop Bloomberg's Nevada Background Iniative
FirearmsCoalition.org
FirearmsCoalition.org

Buckeye, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- While Mike Bloomberg and his billionaire buddies were spending upwards of $10 million dollars to implement a firearms registration scheme in Washington State, Bloomberg’s minions were hard at work initiating a similar assault on the rights of the people of Nevada.

Nevadans for Background Checks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety.

As typical with the Bloomies, the “group” is touted as a local grass roots effort, but is funded, directed, and staffed primarily by Bloomberg and his professional rights abusers. A few local extremists are included as window-dressing.

Everytown’s Washington, DC attorney reserved the Nevadans for Background Checks name with the Nevada Secretary of State’s office earlier this year. Filing information for the PAC and nonprofit corporation formed to push for the initiative, which significantly changes the state’s firearm transfer laws, lists Tara Paone as “Director, President” of the nonprofit and as “Director” of the PAC.

Tara Paone is elsewhere listed as Treasurer for Everytown for Gun Safety in New York, and was listed as the Director of the Everytown fund in support of I-594 in Washington. Ms. Paone’s LinkedIn profile says she is a professional manager for nonprofits and that she resides in New York City. The address listed for her on the Nevada paperwork appears to be a street address, but is actually a Post Office box. The other person listed on the PAC and incorporation paperwork, as Treasurer and Director respectively, is an attorney and lobbyist named Matt Griffin, who appears to be an actual resident of the state.

In early November, the Bloomberg front group submitted over 240,000 signatures in their petition drive to get the initiative on the November 2015 ballot. There have been no financial filings from either the PAC or the nonprofit yet, but the effort was clearly expensive. We should get a better idea of just how expensive in mid-January when their financial disclosure reports should be available.

Meanwhile, another Bloomberg entity, the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, was busy pumping other money into Nevada leading up to the mid-term elections. Their Nevada disclosure forms show that the fund spent more than $1,039,000 in the state, though they only brought in $232,775 during the reporting period; all of which was personally contributed by Michael R. Bloomberg. The disclosure forms also show that $650,000 of that went directly to the Nevada Democrat Party. About $25,000 went to a couple of Nevada candidates and local PACs, and almost all of the rest went to printers, mailers, and political consulting firms located in other states; mostly on the East Coast. The Bloomberg supported legislative candidates were defeated, by the way.

As soon as the ground-game for I-594 in Washington was completed, many of the paid, “volunteers” from that campaign were transferred to Nevada where some were reported to be paid as much as $5.00 per signature in the initiative petition effort. Local Nevada rights advocates – who actually live in the state and are true grass roots volunteers – say this looks like a violation of Nevada law. They point out that, while paying signature gatherers on an hourly basis is acceptable, paying them commissions per signature, makes the gatherers commission sales people, which is forbidden because it provides incentive for them to distort the intent of the petition. They also point out that Nevada law identifies any door-to-door sales activity – including commissioned signature gathering – as sales, requiring both a business license and a solicitor’s license. Neither the Bloomberg front group nor the “volunteers” had such licenses.

Carpetbagging Gun Banners
Carpetbagging Gun Banners

As was the case in the Washington initiative, which passed by not quite 60% in the mid-term elections – in spite of an 8 to 1 spending advantage and the ongoing claim of support by over 90% of Americans – the Nevada initiative is much more complex and far-reaching than its promoters let on. Along with creating a de facto registry of all gun purchases, the initiative is very specific about applying to all firearm “transfers” with only a narrow window of exceptions. This creates numerous pitfalls that can make criminals of gun owners who are not harming or endangering anyone.

For instance, loaning a gun to a friend for a few days while her husband is away would be a crime unless she paid a fee and passed a background check. Even borrowing a buddy’s rifle to see if you wanted to buy one like it would be a crime.

The initiative is also very specific about requiring that the checks be run through the federal National Instant Check System, rather than the state-run background check system. That means regulatory control goes to the feds instead of the state. It also means that the feds would have access to all records of firearm transfers. There’s also a question whether requiring NICS checks for private transfers would require the state to abandon their current system completely and shift to the federal system for all sales and transfers. This would cost the state millions of dollars in revenue.

The fight in Nevada promises to be fierce and expensive. The Nevada Firearms Coalition is leading the charge against the initiative and has created a PAC and a nonprofit – directed and manned by Nevada citizens – called Nevadans for State Gun Rights, dedicated solely to this fight. So far we have seen little in the way of action from the NRA. Hopefully they will step up and make a better showing than they did in Washington.

Funds are going to be crucial in this fight. If you can help, I encourage you to make a contribution today at nevadansforstategunrights.com. If you can’t make a monetary donation, contribute by sharing this story with every gun owner you know. Don’t just be an observer; get involved – with your money, your time, and your friends. This isn’t just a Nevada problem. Bloomberg is going to be bringing this to every state he can so the sooner we shut him down, the safer we’ll all be.

©2014 The Firearms Coalition, all rights reserved. Reprinting, posting, and distributing permitted with inclusion of this copyright statement. www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

About:
The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition is a project of Neal Knox Associates, Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org

  • 5 thoughts on “Blooming Assault on Nevada

    1. Its unfortunate but Nevada is Harry (nuclear option) Reid territory ! Between Bloomberg and Reid’s assault on our 2A freedoms NV is ripe for the picking too. The citizens of NV better look through the fast talking smoke and mirrors of these parasites or they will end up like WA state or worse. The gungrabbers have decided to focus their energy on state rather than federal gun control.

    2. Thanks for the information in this article. This ties in with what happened to me here in Henderson, NV. We were on our way from our car to a shop in a strip mall when I was accosted by some hippie-looking dude with a petition he wanted signed. When I asked what it was for he said it was for increased background checks for purchasing firearms. I told him we that we don’t need increased checks because it’s impossible to legally buy a gun now without undergoing checks. We went back and forth like that for a few seconds until my lady friend dragged me away. I wasn’t aware at that time that was a Bloomberg operation, but these things are never grassroots on their side. There is always some group agitating to take away our rights. I’m also glad that you made me aware that these will be Federal checks rather that state.

    3. A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots!

      If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but 
not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might 
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

      If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or 
to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might 
live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

      If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a 
check, buy liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not 
to vote for who runs the government — you might live in a nation that 
was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

      If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from 
owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty 
F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt — you might live in a 
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

      If, in the nation’s largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but 
not one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make 
you fat — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is
 run by idiots.

      If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a 
wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman 
in a burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head 
searched — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but 
is run by idiots.

      If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions 
of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more — you might live in a 
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

      If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his 
teacher is “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class 
in grade school is perfectly acceptable — you might live in a nation 
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

      If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more 
government regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with 
Food Stamps, WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free
 cell phones — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses 
but is run by idiots.

      If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to 
provide incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment 
checks, without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was 
diligently sought, but couldn’t be found — you might live in a nation 
that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

      If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest 
big-screen TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a 
wall-sized do-it-all plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government 
forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage — you might live in a
 nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

      If being stripped of your Constitutional right to defend yourself 
makes you more “safe” according to the government — you might live in a 
nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

      If the media panders to your openly socialist leader while the IRS targets groups with dissenting views— you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

      If your government ‘cracks down’ on legal gun sales to law abiding citizens while secretly supplying illegal guns to Mexican drug cartels— you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

      If your local government (Chicago) outlawed gun ownership for ‘the safety of its citizens’ and now boasts the worst murder rate in the country — you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.

      What a country!

      How about we give God a reason to continue blessing America?

      This was borrowed from another blog, author unknown, please spread it far and wide!

    Comments are closed.