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Nevada Governor signs gun background check bill

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Posted at 4:48 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 20:05:29-05

CARSON CITY (AP) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed into law a measure closing a loophole that allows gun buyers to avoid background checks by going through unlicensed gun sellers.

He signed the bill Friday afternoon surrounded by lawmakers who supported the measure. The bill came shortly after the state Assembly approved the measure.

He described it as a historic moment for the state and thanked lawmakers and the survivors of gun violence for their work.

The legislation was fiercely opposed by Republicans, who argued the legislation was not specific and would not quell gun violence.