Backers of gun measure want it before Supreme Court
LAS VEGAS — Backers of a voter-approved gun buyer screening initiative that passed in 2016 but was never enacted want the Nevada Supreme Court to overrule a judge who decided the measure was fatally flawed and couldn’t be enforced.
Their attorney, Tami Cowden, said Thursday the justices should side with voters to close what they call a legal loophole that lets gun purchasers skip background screenings when buying from another person or online.
Gov. Brian Sandoval declined through his spokeswoman to respond to the Wednesday court filing alleging he ignored the will of the voters.
State Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s office called the appeal frivolous.
Sandoval and Laxalt opposed the initiative.
Judge Joe Hardy Jr. in Las Vegas ruled last month the measure didn’t specify how the governor was supposed to enforce it.