By Dean Weingarten
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- The initiative to ban private sales of firearms in Nevada appears to have more than enough signatures.
The Bloomberg backed Nevadans for Background Checks has said that it has turned in 247,000 signatures for verification. 101,667 valid signatures are necessary to send the initiative to the legislature. If the legislature does not enact the initiative into law, then the initiative goes to the voters in 2016.
Nevadans for Background Checks said it delivered nearly 247,000 signatures to Clark County election officials in North Las Vegas, hours after leaders of a group called the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced they filed almost 200,000 signatures for their initiative.
With 247,000 signatures, and a Republican legislature, it appears that Nevadans will see the initiative on the ballot. A similar, but more complicated measure was passed in Washington state where opposition to the measure was outspent nearly 20 to 1.
The initiative in Nevada is 8 pages instead of 18 as in Washington state. It essentially bans the private sale of firearms, with minor exceptions. Virtually all sales and “transfers” will be required to go through a federal firearms dealer and have all information about the firearm and the buyer recorded on federal forms.
The initiative could easily have required background checks without recording the firearm and personal information. Background checks are already done for concealed carry permits without any transfer of a firearm, so the system is in place.
Requiring that the firearm information be recorded allows the system to be a precursor to a gun registration system. Such systems in California and New York are already being used to incrementally confiscate firearms.
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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.