LAS VEGAS – The Nevada Republican Party affirmed their support for the Second Amendment at the Republican Convention last weekend where delegates voted to include an opposition to Question 1 on the ballot, referred to as “universal background checks.”
A delegate and member of Nevadans for State Gun Rights advocated for the inclusion of the resolution, which declares Question 1 to be “a dishonest, deceptive, and unacceptable infringement on the individual right to keep and bear arms.” The motion passed unanimously.
“We are proud the Nevada GOP is on the same page with us in opposition to Question 1,” said Don Turner, President of Nevadans for State Gun Rights. “This resolution positions us one step closer to defeating this unconstitutional ballot measure in November.”
Turner says that some people he has spoken with see no problem with Question 1, but that they aren’t aware of the details of the complexity of the measure, as it isn’t about background checks. His hope is that with the inclusion of this resolution in the Nevada Republican Party Platform, more people will begin to see the specifics of Question 1 and recognize how it will disrupt their individual rights rather than promote safety.
“If passed, Question 1 will be entirely unenforceable,” Turner said. “This law will only serve to criminalize law-abiding citizens and will do nothing to deter criminal activity. We should call it what it is: a federal gun registry.”
Nevadans for Background Checks, a group advocating for the passage of Question 1, position themselves on a platform for public safety disguised as “universal background checks.” This is an unrealistic platform, according to Turner, who advocates for safety measures through proper gun training rather than unreasonable gun registration. As Turner puts it, Question 1 cannot prevent criminals from committing crime, and the only people who will be prosecuted are those citizens who will become criminals under the new law.