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Most Nevada Sheriffs Against Gun Background Check Initiative

Sher­iffs in most Neva­da coun­ties have come out against a back­ground check ini­tia­tive that gun con­trol advo­cates are sup­port­ing on the bal­lot this Novem­ber, but the top cop in the largest police agency in the state says he’ll sit this one out.

This is a vote of the peo­ple,” Joe Lom­bar­do, sher­iff of Clark Coun­ty and head of the Las Vegas Met­ro­pol­i­tan Police Depart­ment, told The Asso­ci­at­ed Press. “I’ve cho­sen to remain neu­tral on this.”

In the rest of the state, most of the oth­er 16 elect­ed sher­iffs oppose Ques­tion 1, the Neva­da Back­ground Checks for Gun Pur­chas­es Ini­tia­tive.

Any bill that does not address men­tal health, which I believe to be the core cause of the vio­lence we’ve had across the coun­try, does not meet my expec­ta­tions,” said Ken­ny Fur­long, sher­iff in Car­son City. “Men­tal health has to be addressed.”

Sher­iff Sharon Wehrly in Nye Coun­ty said she believed the ini­tia­tive chips away at Sec­ond Amend­ment rights.

It mere­ly places more restric­tions on good peo­ple, will make it more dif­fi­cult, and incur unnec­es­sary costs for law-abid­ing cit­i­zens to man­age their per­son­al prop­er­ty,” she said.

Back­ers of the mea­sure say they have broad sup­port — rang­ing from for­mer sher­iffs in Clark and Washoe coun­ties, Bill Young and Mike Haley, to endorse­ments from groups includ­ing the Latin Cham­ber of Com­merce, Neva­da Par­ent Teacher Asso­ci­a­tion, school teach­ers’ union and the Neva­da Pub­lic Health Asso­ci­a­tion.

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