On 22 May, 2015, the Nevada House passed SB175, a bill that combined a ban on people who have domestic violence convictions with major firearm law reforms. The domestic violence law mirrors federal law, so it will have little practical effect unless the federal law is repealed or struck down by some future court. The bill passed the Senate 14 to 5, and the Assembly, 25 to 17. Governor Sandoval is expected to sign it.
I am writing this article from Nevada, and these gun law reforms are welcome. They are similar to those enacted by a number of states as the electorate demands restoration of second amendment rights. The major gun reforms are these:
1. Extends the State castle doctrine law to occupied motor vehicles.
2. Reforms reciprocity law to include states that require training and an available data base for law enforcement. A list of states shall be made available to all law enforcement agencies in the State by July 1 of each year. This should expand the number of states that Nevada recognizes. Here are the States that Nevada currently recognizes:
- Idaho "Enhanced" Permit*
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota "Class 1" Permit*
- South Carolina
3. State preemption law to insure that firearms laws are uniform over the entire state.
4. Requires repeal of any local ordinance in conflict with the new law, including the Clark County registration ordinance. If any person is adversely affected by local ordinances that do not follow state law, local officials are subject to lawsuit and payment of three times damages, plus court fees and attorney fees. Membership organizations whose members are affected may bring suit.
The Clark County registration has been a sore point for Nevada residents for years. I have never registered firearms with them, as there is a 60 day grace period for registration. The registration records are required to be destroyed as part of SB 175.
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