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For Bloomberg, Gun Control Fight Shifts to State Capitals

CARSON CITY, Nev. — John W. Griffin is a fast-talking, whiskey-loving, fifth-generation Nevadan who spends his days as a lobbyist courting lawmakers in Stetsons. He advocates for luxury casinos, once brokered a dispute between a brothel and a nightclub, and has helped feuding families resolve tussles over cattle crossings.

Now he is representing the ultimate city slicker, Michael R. Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, who, undaunted by defeat in Congress, is taking his campaign for stricter gun laws to the nation’s state capitals, including here, where a bill to expand the use of criminal background checks is before the State Legislature.

“I thought, ‘Heck, that’s going to be a tough battle,’ ” Mr. Griffin said. “But for a man with unmatchable resources, there’s good reason to be hopeful.”

Fortified by several million dollars in contributions that have come in since the Newtown school massacre in December, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the national coalition Mr. Bloomberg co-founded and finances, says it has deployed more than 50 people across the country, building grass-roots organizations and dispatching foot soldiers to pressure local politicians.


In as much as most of us are blocked at the other group, I thought I would post this here.

This bill has no chance of becoming law, Gov. Sandoval has already said he'll veto it.
Nevadans, especially rural Nevadans, have a fierce independent streak and we don't like someone coming into our state and telling us how to vote or what's good for us, especially from Bloomberg, who is not very well liked in our state.

Personally, I would like to see some form of this bill become law, but, because it's being pushed by MAIG, it's not very popular around here.

Nevada Assembly committee grapples with gun bill

By Andrew Doughman (contact)

Published Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | 1:31 p.m.

Updated Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | 3:32 p.m.


Fear held sway as Nevada legislators heard three hours of testimony this morning on a controversial gun background check bill.

The competing spectres: an intrusive federal government or another mass shooting perpetrated by someone who shouldn’t own a gun.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Justin Jones, D-Las Vegas, extends background checks from gun store purchases to private party transfers, a move that he says will deter criminals and prevent deaths.

The contentious bill received its last hearing today in the Assembly Judiciary committee before it heads to a full vote of the Assembly and on to Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, who said Tuesday he opposes Senate Bill 221.

Read more: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/may/28/assembly-committee-grapples-gun-bill/#ixzz2UgkaMdPb

While I do support Universal Background Checks, I highly doubt that it will pass the Assembly, even if it does, Gov. Sandoval will veto it, thus killing it.
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