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Mayors Against Illegal Guns Advocate For Background Checks
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LAS VEGAS -- Mayors Against Illegal Guns gathered Monday morning at the Henderson Department of Motor Vehicles to spread their message of the importance of background checks for almost all gun purchases.

According to the group, 86 percent of Nevada favors background checks, but even so, plenty of people had something to say about the controversial background check.

Not everyone wanted to hear the message, but members of the group passed out flyers and talked to anyone who would listen.

"You have to go in there, in the DMV to get your license, your drivers license, your license plate," said Mike Prior, a volunteer for the group. "You have to go in there, even to register to vote. You have to have ID."

The group has lobbied hard for a bill that would require background checks, even running TV advertising campaigns calling out Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Senate Bill 221 would close the private gun sale loophole and require background checks on nearly all sales. Individuals would have to go through licensed dealers to buy a gun. Person-to-person sales would be illegal.

Gun owner John Merrick said the bill is a slippery slope.

"Free trade is free trade," Merrick said. "If you first say, you've got to register your guns, the next thing is, you've got to register your pocket knives."

Other people at the DMV, however, couldn't agree more with the bill.

"I think we absolutely need background checks," Henderson resident Chrystal Rosenau said. "For any sale of guns, firearms of any kind."

Added Las Vegas resident Beth Asaf, "Why shouldn't they? I don't really see the big deal with having one. I think it's important. We need to check they don't have any criminal background, any mental disorders, which is really very important to check on."

The Assembly passed the bill Monday afternoon that would require background checks on private gun sales with a 23 to 19 vote.

The controversial SB221 earlier passed the Senate by a vote of 11 to 10. The bill will go to Governor Brian Sandoval's desk for his signature. He has said he will veto the bill.

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