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Adam Laxalt on Gun Control

 

 


Firearm restrictions not effective in reducing gun violence

Q: Support more restrictive Gun Control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic assault weapons?

Adam Laxalt (R): No. "Increasing restrictions on law-abiding citizens' access to firearms is not effective in reducing gun violence." Opposed expanded background checks, open to banning bump stocks. 100% NRA rating.

Steve Sisolak (D): Formerly opposed, now supports enforcing background checks, banning silencers, bump stocks, and assault weapons. NRA rating was 79% in 2012, now 7%.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Nevada Governor race , Oct 9, 2018

Don't expand state background checks unless FBI participates

Question 1 was a long-stalled statewide expansion of gun background checks first approved by voters in 2016.The initiative subjects most private-party gun transactions to an FBI-administered vetting process, but the FBI said it was unwilling to carry out the additional checks and suggested the state take up the task.

Attorney General Laxalt cautioned against doing so and deemed the measure unenforceable unless or until the federal agency agreed to conduct the checks. Initiative proponents took the matter to court, where its remained ever since.

Fast forward to 2018, when Laxalt said he "wouldn't change anything" to put the initiative in place if elected to the state's highest office. "We're in litigation on this thing right now," Laxalt said of Question 1. "But the bottom line is (proponents) wrote a bad ballot initiative, specifically to avoid a fiscal note. They didn't tell the people what this thing would've cost if they ran it through the state. Until the FBI agrees to do that, that's it."

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal on 2018 Nevada gubernatorial race , Feb 15, 2018

1996: supported gun rights; 2018: supports gun control

A 1996 VoteSmart questionnaire shows Sisolak did not support an expanded ban on assault weapons, increased state restrictions on firearm sales or the maintenance of existing state gun restrictions. He also opposed easing or repealing those restrictions, indicating only that he would support allowing law-abiding citizens to continue to carry concealed firearms.

That would seem to be odds with statements he's made on the campaign trail, including tweets that have decried bump stock-modified firearms as "killing machines" in need of an immediate ban. A spokeswoman said that Sisolak filled out the survey before many of the nation's worst mass shootings took place, including Columbine & Sandy Hook.

Sisolak in 2013 told the Las Vegas Sun that he supported an assault weapons ban. In 2016, he urged taking action beyond "thoughts and prayers" while attending a vigil for the victims of a shooting that left 49 people dead and 58 wounded at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal on 2018 Nevada governor race , Jan 29, 2018

Strong Supporter of the Second Amendment

I am a proud and firm supporter of the Second Amendment, and I take particular pride in the work my office has done, during my time as Nevada's Attorney General, to stand up for the right of citizens to bear arms. I believe, as America's founders did, that this right is essential to maintaining a free society, and I will defend it vigorously as your Governor.
Source: 2018 Nevada Gubernatorial website AdamLaxalt.com , Nov 7, 2017

Other candidates on Gun Control: Adam Laxalt on other issues:
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Brian Sandoval
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