(Brian Freimuth | Nevada Assembly Caucus) – Standing against infringements on the Second Amendment is one of the most important priorities of the Nevada Assembly Republican Caucus. This is why every one of our members will vote against Assembly Bills 354 and 355 — two gun control bills that have been scheduled for irregular hearings on very short notice.
Both these bills will be heard today, April 6th, at 2:00PM in Room 4100 of the legislative building in a Joint Committee of the Assembly and Senate Judiciary Committees. You can find more information on how to voice your concerns here:
We encourage all of our supporters and constituents to voice their opinions, even though the hearings on these controversial bills have been scheduled on short notice at irregular times. We must say that the controversial nature of these bills warrants more than just a few days notice to provide testimony and bring evidence before this Committee. Furthermore, an irregular, special joint committee further confuses those who might wish to provide testimony.
The many hardworking Nevadans who are opposed to this legislation have little time to arrange their attendance to Thursday’s hearing. We would rather see hearings for controversial bills like this posted long in advance so that committee members and the public can see and hear what their fellow citizens really think about bills like these.
As for the content of these bills, both of these would do nothing to prevent criminals from obtaining weapons. The logic of gun control measures like these always fails.
AB355 would prevent those under the age of 21 from obtaining certain long guns. In effect this would only disarm vulnerable, law-abiding citizens under the age of 21. A criminal intent on committing violent crimes will not be stopped by this law, but this law will stop, for example, a young woman who lives alone from procuring and responsibly owning a firearm for her own home defense. This legislation will do nothing to stop the career criminal already intent on breaking the law and invading her home.
AB354 makes it illegal to carry a firearm within 100 yards of an election site. Again, this will do nothing but make law-abiding citizens vulnerable to criminals who do not care about what is legal and what is illegal.
As Republicans concerned with protecting Nevadans’ Constitutional Rights, we will oppose AB354 and AB355.
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