Activists have secured enough petition signatures to send a measure that would tighten Nevada’s gun purchase background laws to the state legislature and, if lawmakers don’t act, to the ballot for voters to decide on.
The group Nevadans for Background Checks collected 166,779 signatures on a petition to expand gun-purchase background checks to most gun sales, with some exceptions, according to the Las Vegas Sun. Right now, just licensed dealers are required to perform the checks.
The Sun reported that the state legislature passed a similar measure in 2013 that was vetoed by Gov. Brian Sandoval and the measure could end up on the 2016 ballot if lawmakers don’t act on it within the first 40 days of session.
With the backing of Everytown for Gun Safety, the group co-founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, voters in Washington state signed off on a similar measure this year, and the group has said it’s eyeing legislative efforts on gun control in other states, in addition to Nevada.