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Nevada lawmakers discuss gun background check bill

Posted at 8:53 AM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 23:34:31-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — In 2016, voters took to the polls and passed a law that would require background checks on all private gun sales.

But it was never enforced because our former attorney general said as a state we can't dictate how federal resources are used.

This time around, the FBI is not involved.

Instead, the Department of Public Safety would handle the background checks, looking at things like:

- Everything FBI NICs checks, including NICS Indices, FBI criminal history, FBI wants / warrants, FBI protection orders, FBI NCIC files
- Nevada criminal history
- Nevada wants / warrants
- Nevada protection orders
- Dangerous offender status
- CCW permit status
- Dangerous offender notification systems
- Immigration status
- Las Vegas Metro PD’s SCOPE system
- Driver’s license status
- Other states’ criminal history records

If passed, the new bill will:

- Ban direct transfers between unlicensed buyers and sellers.
- Licensed dealers will perform background checks through State databases.
- Licensed dealers can charge a fee for service

If this bill passes people who sell guns without having a license will face misdemeanor charges and the second time offense will be a felony.
If the bill passes it would go into effect January 2, 2020.