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Second gun background check rally set for March 12

Staff Reports

Residents packed Hamdogs in Gardnerville on Tuesday for a rally in opposition to a new state law requiring background checks for private party gun sales.

More than 300 people packed Hamdogs in Gardnerville on Tuesday night to protest a Nevada law regulating private gun sales and transfers.

Organized by Commissioner Dave Nelson, a second session has been scheduled for 7 p.m. March 12 at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center.

Senate Bill 143 was signed into law by Gov. Steve Sisolak on Feb. 15.

The Legislature's Democratic majority passed the bill over objections of Republicans and many who testified against it.

Douglas Republican lawmakers Sen. James Settelmeyer and Assemblyman Jim Wheeler have both opposed the bill.

Opponents say the measure won't really stop criminals and prohibited persons from buying a gun since all it does is close a loophole for gun shows, the Nevada Appeal reported. They argue the bill is a step on the slippery road to gun control and interference with the rights granted under the 2nd Amendment.

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There are several exemptions from background checks in the new law.

Among them are the sale or transfer of an antique firearm; between immediate family members or lending a firearm at a shooting range, competition or while hunting.

Transferring a gun to someone without a check is a gross misdemeanor for the first offense and a felony for second and subsequent offenses.

The measure requiring background checks for private party transfers was narrowly approved statewide by 9,899 votes or less than a percent.

Douglas residents overwhelmingly opposed the measure, with nearly 70 percent in opposition.