Nevada Background Checks Bill Becomes Focus Of National Gun Control Fight

by Luke Johnson, Huffington Post  |  published on June 11, 2013

WASHINGTON–Gun control advocates are pushing states to pass gun background check legislation while continuing to press Congress for federal reform.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), the author of compromise federal legislation, said Friday that chances were 50-50 that the Senate would pass a background check bill this year. Meantime, Democrats and national gun control advocacy groups have lobbied Nevada legislators to expand background checks to almost all private gun sales.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) is has threatened to veto the bill passed by the Democratic-controlled legislature. If he does, he would be the first governor to veto a gun control measure since the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre.

The struggle hasn’t daunted Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

“I called legislators myself the other day,” Wasserman Schultz told HuffPost. “We wanted to make it clear that this is a national priority. It’s important to the president. It’s important for the country, and if it takes us calling individual legislators to do that, that’s what we’ll do.”

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