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    Nevada: Call To Action - Please Oppose AB 282

    Anti-Gun Amendment Added to Nevada’s Omnibus Pro-Gun Bill During Second Reading

    During second reading in the state Assembly on April 22, an anti-gun amendment was added to Assembly Bill 282. This amendment would leave the amount charged for the Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit renewal fee to the discretion of the issuing authority. This could potentially leave many permit holders unable to renew their permits due to financial hardship. The current renewal fee is $25. The NRA opposes AB 282 unless this amendment is removed.

    As introduced, AB 282, sponsored by Assembly Speaker John Oceguera (D-16), is a four point pro-gun omnibus measure that would: 1) ensure that CCW permit holders’ names and addresses remain confidential; 2) revise Nevada state law to allow for the use of any semi-automatic firearm when acquiring a CCW permit; 3) allow for the carrying of firearms in Nevada state parks; and 4) statutorily mandate a background investigation (which is currently being done by all Nevada sheriffs) for CCW permit renewals for the purpose of reinstating the NICS exemption for Nevada, thus ensuring that permit holders do not have to go through a point-of-contact check for every firearm purchased, as long as the permit is valid.

    Please contact your Assemblyman immediately and respectfully request that he or she oppose AB 282 as amended and work to remove this CCW permit renewal fee amendment. For contact information or help identifying your Assemblyman, please click here.
    This alert is posted at: http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?ID=6677.

    "The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion." - Edmund Burke

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    Thanks for the heads up. Just sent an email to Randy Kirner.

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    Email just in from Nevada Assemblyman Randy Kirner: Kirner, Randy Assemblyman to me
    show details 9:58 AM (0 minutes ago)
    This bill has been passed to the Senate side. It will likely be referred to the Committee on Judiciary. Many voters agree with your position, and presenting your concerns to that committee would be best at this point.

    Respectfully,

    Randy Kirner
    Assembly District 26
    A man's life, liberty, and property are only safe when the legislature is NOT in session. Will Rogers

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    Having become disgusted with the shenanigans in the Nevada legislature regarding improving gun laws in the state, I've noticed that last minute amendments seem to be the norm when pushing a bill back to committee. For a bill to become law, it must be first passed by the house where it originated. This gives opponents ample opportunity to let time pass, with a last-minute amendment that will allow the bill to die when they "close up shop".

    It's really pretty sad.

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    Update On AB 282 Nevada's Democrats Sell-Out On Second Amendment

    Nevada: AB 282 Moves from Assembly to Senate Judiciary Committee
    05/03/2011
    Assembly Bill 282, sponsored by Assembly Speaker John Oceguera (D-16), passed in the Assembly last week by a 40 to 2 vote. As introduced, AB 282 is a four point pro-gun omnibus measure that would: 1) ensure that Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit holders’ names and addresses remain confidential; 2) revise Nevada state law to allow the carrying of any semi-automatic pistol, like you can with a revolver, once you have qualified for a CCW permit with a semi-automatic pistol; 3) allow carrying of firearms in Nevada state parks; and 4) statutorily mandate a background investigation (which is currently being done by all Nevada sheriffs) for CCW permit renewals for the purpose of reinstating the NICS exemption for Nevada, thus ensuring that permit holders do not have to go through a point-of-contact check for every firearm purchased, as long as the permit is valid.

    Last week during its second reading in the Assembly, an unfriendly amendment was added to AB 282 that would raise the fee for CCW permit renewals from $25 to $75. The reason behind the fee increase or the parties who requested it was not known until the NRA contacted the Nevada Department of Public Safety's Records and Technology Division. The Bureau Chief, Ms. Julie Butler, informed us that, according to the information provided to them by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), that Nevada would not be able to receive an exemption to the National Instant Check System (NICS) until a full fingerprint check was conducted on all renewed permits, which was the purpose of the fee increase attached to AB 282. At this time, the NRA is in discussions with the BATFE and Governor Sandoval's office to determine if this information is correct.

    The NRA's opposition to this fee increase remains, as well as any mandate on fingerprint checks for permit renewals. Fingerprints do not change and as of this writing, NICS background investigations suffice for thirteen of the sixteen states that currently enjoy the NICS exemption for carry permit holders, including Kansas, which just this year repealed their fingerprint check for renewals AND was recently awarded the exemption.

    We will ask that the fee increase language be removed from AB 282 and we will once again support this legislation. The Nevada state sheriffs, who are the permit issuing agencies, have conducted fingerprint checks on renewals since Nevada lost the NICS exemption in 2005 believing as DPS, that it was a mandate from BATFE. According to one representative with the Nevada State Sheriffs Association, even if the BATFE determines a detailed check is not criteria for the exemption, they will continue to insist that a fingerprint check be conducted, and called any state that doesn't do a fingerprint card on renewals "reckless and incompetent." If this sentiment is shared by all Nevada law enforcement agencies, that would make them worse than California, whose own issuing agencies do not require fingerprint checks on renewals - and California is not a “shall-issue” state.

    We will continue to keep you updated on the progress of AB 282 as it makes it way to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    This alert is posted at: http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?ID=6718.

    Contact Our State Senators About This ASAP!

    "The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion." - Edmund Burke

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    It can never just be straight forward and easy can it?
    A man's life, liberty, and property are only safe when the legislature is NOT in session. Will Rogers

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    Update: Contact The Nevada Senate & Judiciary Today!

    Contact The Nevada Senate & Judiciary Today! (CALL)

    5/10/2011

    Assembly Bill 282, the four-point pro-gun omnibus bill brought forward by Assembly Speaker John Oceguera (D-16), will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee this Wednesday, May 11 at 8:00 a.m. in Room 2149.

    As previously reported, the NRA has had some concerns related to the section of the bill which mandates a background investigation on right to carry permit renewals in order to regain the NICS exemption for firearm purchases. According to representatives with the Department of Public Safety, they were told by a legal adjunct with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) that the process for renewing concealed carry weapons (CCW) permits must be as stringent as the initial application process. That has been interpreted by DPS to mean that a fingerprint check on renewals must be completed, hence the insertion of a DPS-requested amendment that statutorily mandates that costs associated with a full fingerprint check be passed on to the carry permit holder when going through the renewal process.

    The reason for the NRA's opposition to this language was a) why must such costs be statutorily mandated since the issuing agencies were charging for the fingerprint checks anyway (assuming that this is what was required for the NICS exemption); and b) there are extreme differences between what BATFE has informed Nevada on what constitutes criteria for NICS exemption and the numerous other states that have received this exemption.

    It is incumbent upon the NRA to use every tool at our disposal to ensure that these criteria are being implemented equally among the states for the protection of Nevada gun owners.

    It was not our intent to hold up AB 282 to the detriment of the other issues contained within this measure - and we won't continue to do so due to the time constraints held by the legislative deadlines, but this matter will continue to be pursued by our Legal Division in the coming months to make sure that Nevada is not held to a higher standard than other states who have attained the NICS exemption or their carry permit holders not be on the hook financially for something that is not a prerequisite.

    Please to contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee below and politely ask that they support Assembly Bill 282.

    Senate Judiciary Committee:

    Senator Valerie Wiener (D-Clark County, No. 3), Chairman
    (775) 684-1422
    [email protected]

    Senator Allison Copening (D-Clark County, No. 6), Vice Chairman
    (775) 684-1475
    [email protected]

    Senator Shirley Breeden (D-Clark County, No. 5)
    (775) 684-1457
    [email protected]

    Senator Ruben Kihuen (D-Clark County, No. 10)
    (775) 684-1427
    [email protected]

    Senator Don Gustavson (R-Washoe County, No. 2)
    (775) 684-1480
    [email protected]

    Senator Mike McGinness (R-Central Nevada)
    (775) 684-1442
    [email protected]

    Senator Michael Roberson (R-Clark County, No. 5)
    (775) 684-1481
    [email protected]

    This alert is posted to www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?ID=6757


    "The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion." - Edmund Burke

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    Nevada Assembly Speaker Sponsors Trojan Horse on CCWs

    From Gun Owners Of America...

    Nevada Assembly Speaker Sponsors Trojan Horse on CCWs




    Tuesday, 17 May 2011 14:39

    Nevada Assembly Speaker Oceguera Sponsors Trojan Horse on CCW
    Action Alert!
    All Nevada gun owners should call their State Senators today and ask them to either support an amendment to AB 282 reinstating the $25 administrative limit on CCW renewals, or oppose the unamended bill.
    Assembly Speaker John Oceguera is trying to pull the wool over Nevada gun owner's eyes.
    First, he sweeps up four pro-gun bills authored by other members and combines them into one omnibus bill with him as the sponsor. Then, he adds an amendment that could create a virtual ban on renewal of concealed carry weapons permits by erasing the $25 cap placed on renewals and allowing law enforcement officials to charge whatever they want. That's right, whatever they want!
    Now, law enforcement officials will be able to simply increase the costs of CCW renewals till they become unaffordable to the average citizen of Nevada. Some folks are wondering if this is the reason behind the Speaker's efforts to author the omnibus bill in the first place. That is to gain the confidence of Second Amendment supporters so that he could sneak in this amendment.
    The Speaker provides the sugar in AB282 by ensuring that CCW holder's names and addresses remain confidential; allows CCW holders to carry semi-auto pistols; allows for carrying in State Parks; and changes some rules so that CCW holders do not have to go through a point-of-contact check every time they purchase a firearm. But, what good is all of this if no one can renew a CCW because they are prohibitively expensive?
    This is completely unacceptable.
    Call your State Senator today to let them know that you want them to either amend AB 282 on the floor of the Senate to reinstate the $25 limit on CCW renewals or to oppose AB 282 if not amended.

    Nevada Assembly Speaker Sponsors Trojan Horse on CCWs - Gun Owners Of America

    "The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion." - Edmund Burke

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    If you go to John Oceguera's website, you'll see that he is a liberal Democrat who wishes to increase taxes and fees on just about everything.

    I'll support your effort to get the amendment to AB282 removed, but feel that CCW holders are doomed either way. By tacking on the amendment, the Speaker has assured that the tax will either go through or the entire suite of gun bills will die again this year. There simply is not enough time left for the amendment to be removed and a vote on the original bill(s) to occur.

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    Update From NRA On AB-282

    NRA Joins Nevada Gun Rights Groups in Asking for Senate Amendment


    After receiving many e-mails and phone calls from Nevada gun owners over several days, the NRA is joining fellow gun rights groups in asking that Assembly Bill 282, introduced by Assembly Speaker John Oceguera (D-16), be amended on the Senate floor to add back in the $25.00 non-refundable fee that sheriffs can charge on right to carry permit renewals.

    The amended language in AB 282 states that the sheriffs can charge "the actual cost to obtain the reports required pursuant to subsection of NRA 202.356" is troublesome in that it doesn't define what "actual cost" really is. Circulating around the state Capitol is a memorandum written by the Nevada Legislative Counsel (which was requested by Speaker Oceguera to counter the gun community's concerns) that recites the administrative requirements for which the sheriff may charge the fee and concludes that since only these administrative requirements may be included within the fee, the fee is effectively "capped" so the current $25.00 is not necessary.

    However, the NRA has concluded that what could be included as part of the "actual costs" for these things is not defined or limited by the legislative language. Thus, the "cap" is limited only by the ability of a sheriff to justify an expense by reference to how it supports one of these administrative requirements. This includes matters within the sheriff's own discretion, such as whether these administrative requirements mean new staffing, new computers, new infrastructure, etc.

    The current language in AB 282 is likely to result in different fees being charged in different counties for the same things, depending on how efficiently a given sheriff's office operates!

    AB 282 is scheduled to be heard on Third Reading this Wednesday, May 25. Please contact your state Senator immediately and ask him or her to support an amendment to restore the $25.00 non-refundable fee in AB 282 or vote to oppose it in its current form. Contact information for your state Senator can be found here: http://mapserve.leg.state.nv.us/website/lcb/viewer.htm

    While there are many issues to support in AB 282, the NRA can't turn a blind eye to what this could cost Nevada's gun owners, nor should those issues be used as a means to get gun owners to submit to a fee increase.

    This alert is posted to www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?ID=6819

    I would also suggest everybody calling the offices of their Nevada Senator today as well, since tomorrow is probably going to be do or die...

    "The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion." - Edmund Burke

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