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Lawmakers, 1 October survivors fight to enforce background check loophole law in Nevada

Posted at 6:06 PM, Feb 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-24 02:18:28-05

The national debate on gun control is making its way to Nevada.

Last year, voters passed a law that would close a loophole when it comes to gun background checks for private gun sales in Nevada.

But as of today, the law has never been enforced.

"Enough. We want this we passed it," said Former Clark County Sheriff Bill Young.

Without the law being enforced, people in Southern Nevada can skip background checks when buying from a private seller or online.

Lawmakers and 1 October survivors marched in front of the Regional Justice Center to demand the state begin enforcing the new law Friday.

Assemblywoman Sandra Jaureguy is a gun supporter but also supports enforcing this new law. She spoke about surviving the 1 October shooting for the first time Friday.

"I can still see the images of people we've known for years, and people whose existence we've only known for seconds, fall around us," Jaureguy said.

A judge heard the arguments of the state after proponents of Nevadans for Background Checks sued the Governor and Nevada Attorney General for their failure to enforce the law.

The state says the law requires the FBI to perform the background checks, but the agency has said they wouldn't do it. That's because Nevada is a point of contact state, which performs all of its own background checks aside from private sales.

Supporters do admit the law wouldn't have stopped the tragic events of 1 October, but they believe it can stop other tragedies.

"It's about keeping the guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them," Jaureguy said.