Brooks denied access to firearms for one year

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 (3:44 p.m.)

Former Assemblyman Steven Brooks

Former Assemblyman Steven Brooks

Assemblyman Steven Brooks, D-North Las Vegas, has been placed on a federal list prohibiting him from buying a firearm for one year, a state public safety official confirmed Monday.

Brooks attempted to buy a rifle at a Sparks sporting goods store Friday, sparking a criminal background check required for gun purchases.

"We have completed the background research that was involved in this process and we have determined to place him in deny status for a year," said Pat Conmay, chief of the records and technology for the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

Conmay said he could not make public the reason for Brooks being denied the purchase.

State law prohibits those with felony convictions, an adjudication of mental illness, or certain domestic violence convictions from legally purchasing a gun.

Brooks has been arrested twice in the past two months, once on allegations he threatened Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, D-North Las Vegas, and once on allegations of domestic battery. He also was detained for a psychiatric evaluation last month following a domestic disturbance with a sword.

Brooks is on paid leave from the Assembly and has been banned from entering the Legislative Building. The Assembly has also convened a select committee to determine whether Brooks is fit to continue serving in the Legislature.

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