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Domestic violence victims call for plan to end violence

Posted at 5:00 PM, Oct 06, 2016

Ahead of the November ballot, people are speaking out about Question 1 and gun rights. 

On Thursday, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department held a ceremony, honoring victims of domestic violence homicide. According to police, about a third of homicides in Las Vegas every year are victims of domestic violence.  

Between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, 32 people across the valley lost their life to deadly domestic violence.

At the ceremony, speakers talked about their hope that Nevada could make some changes to prevent even more victims. 

One of those changes could come from Question 1, a measure on the November ballot that could require background checks on all gun sales. Essentially, there is a loophole in the law that allows criminals and domestic abusers to buy guns online, or at gun shows, without a background check.  

Those who oppose Question 1 say criminals and domestic abusers will continue to find guns.  

Those who support it, like Sen. Mark Menendo, say right now it's too easy for these people to go out and purchase a gun. 

"There are people out there who will sell them, so abusers go home and do things to people they supposedly care about," says Menendo.  "That has to stop." 

Officials with LVMPD say they have a plan to prevent more victims. They are creating the first Southern Nevada Family Justice Center as a place for domestic violence victims to go and feel safe.  That opens in spring of 2017.