Nevada attorney general joins the ranks of those opposed to gun background check initiative

As we have already noted, Question 1 on the November ballot, which would impose universal gun background checks, will do nothing to stop criminals from obtaining guns, will be expensive to try to enforce and will only ensnare upstanding citizens in its labyrinth of regulations.

Now, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt says he agrees. According to an emailed press release from the National Rifle Association, Laxalt says, “As the state’s chief law enforcement officer, I take seriously my duty to ensure that my fellow Nevadans are safe. I have carefully reviewed the Question 1 initiative and have concluded that it would not prevent criminals from obtaining firearms and would instead cost Nevadans time, money, and freedom.”

Gov. Brian Sandoval earlier came out against the proposal as have a majority of Nevada’s sheriffs.

Robert Uithoven, campaign manager for NRA Nevadans for Freedom, boasted, “Laxalt has always put service to his country and fellow Nevadans first. He knows that Question 1 is part of larger political agenda aimed at restricting our Second Amendment rights and has nothing to do with public safety.”

AG Adam Laxalt



12 comments on “Nevada attorney general joins the ranks of those opposed to gun background check initiative

  1. Patrick says:

    Some great news out of the Obama administration (finally).

    Now it’s time to get the states out of this business as well. Baby steps I guess but this is definitely an area where the incentives provided by locking up people for money are damaging the country.

    Well done Obama!

  2. They will be more expensive and no better.

  3. Patrick says:

    So you support private prisons Thomas?

  4. Many government “services” can be contracted to private businesses, including prisons. Yes, things can always go wrong no matter who is running things. More often it the government-run entity that gangs awry.

  5. Rincon says:

    Again, the negative argument against background checks (are you in favor of selling uzis to crazy people?) instead of a positive one asking how we can get our homicide rate anywhere close to that of say, the 92 countries with rates lower than ours.

  6. Patrick says:


    Doesn’t the fact that, particularly at the state level, prison companies have corrupted judges and legislators so as to ensure a constant stream of “clients” worry you?

    I mean, you are familiar with the numerous cases where judges are being paid by the for profit prisons to impose sentences that ensure the convicted are sent to their facilities I assume? Is there a better reason to do away with them than this?

  7. Corruption happens.

  8. Patrick says:

    That’s certainly a blasé attitude about the liberty being denied people because private prisons are bribing public officials to incarcerate individuals.

  9. Rincon says:

    I suspect that Thomas believes that since corruption happens in government as well as private enterprise, then it’s a wash.. The problem here is motivation, which is the force that makes capitalism generally superior. In this case, government prisons are likely motivated much differently and in a better way than private ones, so private enterprise does not appear to be a good answer in this situation, especially since there does not appear to be any substantial cost savings with them.

  10. Patrick says:


    Maybe. My opinion is that Thomas just defaults to private no matter what. Any rationalizations after that are just a coat of paint on the foundation.

    I seriously question whether Thomas believes there is a single place for public employment in this country. (Other than maybe legislators and the president).

    Just a difference in philosophy though I guess.

  11. Rincon says:

    Hedgehogs vs foxes, Patrick.

  12. Patrick says:

    I guess it’s no wonder, what with all the time he spends worrying and writing letters about, how attorneys general from other states handle how they enforce their own laws in their own states, that Nevada’s own bastard hardly has time for much, but can you think of a much more important issue to These brave men and women of Nevada than trying to get the bad ‘ole gov’ment to pay for what they did to them?

    Course, working on behalf of Nevadans gets a little lost in the shuffle I guess.

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