To many people, the very mention of Nevada brings visions of gambling and liberalism. However, that is not necessarily an accurate portrayal of state.
Yes, former Senator Harry Reid, one of the wildest liberals that led Senate Democrats, was from Nevada, but the state has also had a Republican in the US Senate since January 2001. Sadly, all three of Nevada’s US Representatives are liberal Democrats. The state is a mixed bag with Democrats controlling the state senate (11 Dems, 9 GOP, 1 I), and the state House (27 Dems to 15 GOP). However, every bill they pass has to go to the Governor’s desk which at the moment is held by Brian Sandoval, a Republican.
We’ve had friends that lived in Nevada and they say that once you get away from downtown Las Vegas, Reno and Tahoe, the rest of the state is filled with normal American families, many of which hold sound moral views, however, their state legislature does not reflect that.
The state’s liberal politicians have previously passed bills making public and private schools, daycare facilities and colleges associated with the Nevada System of Higher Education, gun free zones. Not only are these buildings gun free zones, but so are their parking lots, which means you are not even allowed to have a gun in your car for protection if it is on the parking grounds, even just driving through or picking someone up.
Now they are on their way adding public libraries and their parking lots, to the list of public gun free zones. It’s known as Senate Bill 115 which states:
“Legislative Counsel’s Digest:
“Existing law prohibits a person from carrying or possession certain weapons while on the property of the Nevada System of Higher Education or a private or public school or child care facility or while in a vehicle of a private or public school or child care facility and provides that any person who violates such a provision is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. Existing law also provides certain exceptions to those prohibitions and authorizes a person a carry or possess certain weapons while on the property of the Nevada System of Higher Education or a private or public school or child care facility if the person has written permission from the president of a branch or facility of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the principal of the school or the person designated by a child care facility to give permission to carry or possess the weapon. (NRS 202.265)”
“This bill additionally prohibits a person from carrying or possessing certain weapons while on the property of a public library unless the person has written permission from the governing board of the public library to carry or possess the weapon.”
Senate Bill 115 passed its review by the Nevada State Senate Judiciary Committee by a partisan vote – 4 Democrats to 3 Republicans. The bill will now move to the floor of state senate where it will probably be hotly debated before being passed by the narrow Democratic majority.
However, the bill will most likely be vetoed by Gov. Sandoval. According to one source, here is his stand on gun control:
- Mental health background check erodes 2nd Amendment. (Jun 2013)
- 2nd Amendment applies to individuals. (Nov 2010)
- Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
Hopefully, Sandoval will veto the bill if it makes it to his desk. If he does veto the bill, it will go back to both the House and Senate where it will need a 2/3 majority vote in both to override the veto. That means it would take 28 votes in the House and Democrats only hold 27 seats. In the Senate, it would take 14 votes and Democrats only hold 11 with 1 Independent that would probably vote with the Dems.
Therefore, it’s up to Gov. Sandoval and the minority of Republicans to defeat the anti-2nd Amendment bill that would add public libraries to Nevada’s list of gun free zones.