Ballot question closing background check loophole passes in Nevada

Nevada has joined 18 other states in closing a loophole that allows gun buyers to avoid background checks in purchases from private individuals at gun shows, through connections made on the internet and elsewhere.

In unofficial results from statewide voting, Question 1 was narrowly approved by Nevada voters. The measure makes private transactions subject to the same legal requirement as purchases involving licensed dealers, for which federal background checks are necessary.

“When we started this campaign more than a year ago, we knew it would be tough, but we also knew that the majority of Nevadans were with us. And this election was proof of that,” said Yes on 1 Campaign Co-Chair Jan Jones Blackhurst, a Caesars Entertainment executive and former Las Vegas mayor. “We have shown that Nevadans will use their votes to make their communities and the entire state safer.”

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