The Assembly on Saturday gave final approval to the bill
banning bump stocks and allowing red flag seizure of a person’s firearms if
they are deemed a danger to themselves and others.
AB291 goes to the governor for his signature.
Assemblyman Steve Yeager, D-Las Vegas, called on members to concur with the Senate version of the bill that includes allowing the temporary confiscation of a person’s weapons in cases where they are a danger. The language orders a hearing within seven days to determine whether or not that confiscation was warranted by the person’s behavior and mental state.
The bump stock ban in the original bill mirrors the federal
government’s rule banning those devicdes that essentially turn a semi-automatic
rifle into a machine gun.
“I have no doubt this will prevent deaths,” said Yeager.
Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, D-Las Vegas, authored the
measure saying it shouldn’t be a partisan issue. She said 53 percent of
suicides in Nevada were by the use of a gun and that AB291 would allow family
members and others close to a person to act if they witnessed evidence that
individual was contemplating suicide.
Republicans including Robin titus of Wellington, Al Kramer
of Carson City and Chris Edwards of Las Vegas all called for the bill to be
re-referred to Ways and Means saying it imposes an unfunded mandate on local
government and the courts. That motion was rejected.