Douglas Co. Commissioners sign resolution opposing firearm background check bill

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    The Douglas County Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 143, the bill related to gun background checks.

    According to the county, Resolution 2019R- 011 informs the Nevada State Legislature that the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners "opposes any state legislation which exceeds federal firearm transfer requirements or infringes on the United States Constitution or Article I, Section 11 of the Constitution of the State of Nevada."

    The resolution was signed by all five commissioners during a special meeting at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center on March 14.

    Residents packed the center and spoke for over two hours in public comment.

    Last month, both the Senate and Assembly of the 2019 Nevada legislature passed Senate Bill 143, which is described as, "an act relating to firearms; repealing, revising and reenacting provisions relating to background checks for certain sales or transfers of firearms; prohibiting a fee from being charged for certain background checks; requiring a licensed dealer of firearms to conduct a background check before a private party sale or transfer in certain circumstances; providing a penalty; and providing other matters properly relating thereto" ("SB 143").

    On February 15, Governor Steve Sisolak signed SB 143 into law with an effective date of January 2, 2020.

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