External influences are eroding Second Amendment rights in Nevada and are determined to repeat it at the national level if given the opportunity. Particularly since at least 2014, external money, combined by an influx of liberals moving to the state from overpopulated California, have eroded Second Amendment rights in Nevada.
They first did it via a 2016 ballot initiative that requires background checks for private gun sales transactions done at gun shows. That measure passed by about 10,000 votes and in only one county – Clark – among Nevada’s 17 counties.
This legislation passed even though Nevada had no crimes perpetrated by anyone who had bought firearms without background checks at gun shows. Virtually all sellers at gun shows are FFL dealers, likely due to the cost of renting display space at the shows. The gun dealers also did not sell to people who have out-of-state driver’s licenses.
In the months following the shocking vote is was revealed that the initiative was backed by thousands of out-of-state donors, whose money came via former liberal New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg funneled $12.4 million into Nevada and the state’s Democrat Party via two anti-Second Amendment groups. Those groups are Everytown for Gun Safety and Nevadans for Background Checks, which were the primary proponents of the 2016 ballot initiative.
Bloomberg and other liberal billionaires continue funneling millions of political dollars into Nevada to promote anti-gun legislation and support political candidates who oppose the Second Amendment. Their external financial influence in Nevada politics resulted in the recent passage of Senate Bill 143, which requires background checks for virtually all private gun transfers, including loaning a firearm to hunting partner.
But Bloomberg and his merry band of anti-gun activists aren’t done yet. They have several other pieces of gun control legislation they are working on. Next up is Assembly Bill 291, which greatly restricts Second Amendment rights by allowing cities and other municipalities to enact their own especially restrictive laws.
Current law requires all local units to abide by state firearms laws, which prevents lawful gun owners from running afoul of local laws while transporting firearms. Assembly Bill 291 allows local units to enact more restrictive measures, while also banning bump stocks and other devices that increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic firearms.
With a newly installed Democrat governor and a Legislature controlled by Democrats, plus nearly $23 million in out-of-state financial backing, Assembly Bill 291 is a likely new law in the making. Sadly, it more accurately reflects the will of non-Nevadans, rather than the state’s residents.
Meanwhile, an influx of liberal California residents is making it easier for liberal billionaires like Bloomberg to influence state politics far removed from New York City and its own high crime rates.
The Battle Born State of Nevada once was a bastion of libertarian ideals and conservative notions that fully embraced the Second Amendment and personal responsibility. Unfortunately, an influx of relocated voters from nearby California, and financial investments from New York-based anti-gun liberals are destroying the freedoms native Nevadans have enjoyed since becoming a state during the Civil War.
Many Nevadans view California as a communist state in which law-abiding gun owners become targets for social ridicule by those who never held a firearm. An influx of Commiefornians already ruined formerly great states, like Colorado, with left-wing politics that erode fundamental rights, such as the right to bear arms.
The Commiefornians have already eroded conservative voting bases in Nevada’s two largest cities. Reno, Las Vegas and many parts of Clark County, where most people reside in Nevada, have turned to the left and voted to give Democrats full control of Nevada’s state government.
Just a few short months after taking control of the Nevada Legislature, Democrats rammed through multiple anti-gun bills that punished law-abiding gun owners.
Given the tone of national politics, much of the same can be expected at the national level if President Donald Trump and the GOP do poorly in the 2020 election. Democrats are still mad Hillary Clinton did not win the national election, despite winning liberal bastions in California and New York by wide margins.
Trump’s win has many Democrats looking at the Electoral College as the obstacle to their political ambitions. Fortunately, the founding fathers were wise enough to create the Electoral College precisely to prevent regional domination of national politics. The current situation in Nevada very much reflects regional domination of politics in one state, with Commiefornians and Bloomberg bucks supporting policies longtime Nevadans never would. Let’s hope it does not repeat itself at the national level.