More likely, the idea came from the New York Sullivan law, where handgun registration was instituted by the infamous mobster and legislator, Big Tim Sullivan, who instituted the law to protect his ganster buddies.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Nevada Views: Is gun registration worth cost?
Seven decades ago, Lucky Luciano, Frank Costello, Meyer Lansky and their pals from New York decided that Clark County was ripe for expanding mob operations, and organized crime arrived in Las Vegas - complete with armed "soldiers" for protection and muscle. In response, the county adopted the ordinance requiring the registration of handguns. (The idea probably came from California, where some form of handgun registration has been required since at least the end of World War I.) It was assumed that the mobsters wouldn't comply so, with few legal restrictions on search and seizure back then, the new ordinance provided law enforcement with some serious leverage.