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Nye County Sheriff says she will not enforce NV gun law

Posted at 8:43 AM, Mar 08, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly says she will not enforce Nevada's new gun background check law which goes into effect in Jan. 2020.

In a letter to Governor Steve Sisolak she said, "this gun legislation is a political statement and as such it is in in direct conflict with the Second Amendment's delineated rights."

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Wehrly went on to say, "I will not participate in the enforcement of this new law and certainly won't stand silent while my citizens are turned to criminals due to the unconstitutional actions of misguided politicians who, for the most part, are trying to do the right thing."

The governor responded in a statement, "I look forward to working with Attorney General Ford and local law enforcement over the next several months to review ways to enforce this law, as is the case with all other Nevada laws that elected officers are sworn to uphold.”

Sisolak signed the bill into law on Feb. 15 which closes a loophole that allows gun buyers to avoid background checks by going through unlicensed gun sellers.