I'm so thankful that Governor Sandoval has listened to the thousands of Nevadans who have contacted his office urging him to oppose SB221. Less than an hour ago Governor Sandoval vetoed this bill.
Senate Bill 221 hits home for me. Not only would this gun control legislation negatively impact law-abiding Nevadans from one end of the state to the other, I am appalled to hear about the hundreds of thousands of dollars the New York based, Mayor Bloomberg funded Mayors Against Illegal Guns spent in Nevada to buy this vote. Even more, they flooded our Legislators and Governor with calls from people who live across the country, claiming to speak for Nevadans.
But Nevadans pushed back. The Governor's office is reporting thousands of calls urging him to veto SB221, and for every call in support, there were four calls opposed. This is what we call public outcry.
Packed room for the Assembly Judiciary hearing on SB221
SB221 should never have passed from the Nevada Legislature. The democrat leaders in the Assembly knew passing this bill was the wrong thing to do, but they did it anyway. This is the type of blatant partisan politics that turns people away from the legislative process. The same committee that pushed through this flawed bill refused to hear my campus carry legislation, even though we too had enough votes to pass the bill.
During this next election, we need to let all of the Nevada legislators who voted for a gun control bill that would have seriously infringed on our 2nd Amendment rights know that Nevadans are independent, and we don't want out of state interest groups buying our legislators and dictating our laws. We also need to tell Governor Sandoval how much we appreciate him standing strong. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent trying to sway him, and he stood strong. He listened to Nevadans and he vetoed this bill.
It was a long 120 days, and I'm glad to end on this high note.