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Nevada Legislature gives final OK to 'red flag' gun bill

Posted at 6:18 PM, Jun 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-01 21:18:50-04

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers have given final approval to a firearm safety bill offering a way to take guns away from a person considered to be at risk for violence.

The Assembly on Saturday approved the legislation mostly along party lines, sending it to the desk of Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, who campaigned on tougher gun laws last year.

Democrats arguing in support of the measure say it would help prevent mass shootings and suicides. Republican lawmakers and opponents have argued the legislation is too broad and unconstitutional.

The so-called "red flag" provisions allow authorities or family members to seek a court order to take firearms from a person who poses a danger to themselves or others.

The bill also bans bump stock devices that mimic fully automatic gunfire, which were used in the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting.