In November 2016, more than a million Nevadans cast ballots on enhanced firearm background checks.
State attorneys, paid with tax dollars, contend that because the law calls for federal background checks and the FBI declined to run the checks, the state has exhausted its options.
But there are at least two options: Through severability, the act can be modified to meet the voters’ intent by using Nevada’s background check system (which accesses both federal and state records), or the state can become a “partial point of contact,” which allows the feds and the state to split the work.
Voters called for this law. We expect our elected officials to hear us and heed us, not thumb their noses at us.