Prohibits certain acts relating to firearms.
AN ACT relating to crimes;prohibiting a person from engaging in certain acts relating to unfinished frames or receivers undercertain circumstances; prohibiting a person from engaging in certain acts relating to firearms which are not imprinted with a serial number under certain circumstances;providing penalties; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.
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I am writing to express my opposition to AB286 introduced on March 15th to the Nevada Assembly. There is no doubt that our county has seen its share of tragedy in the last two decades; Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newtown, Orlando, San Bernardino, Parkland, and closer to home, Las Vegas. These are terrible events that have stirred up the emotions of the American people, and rightfully so – we have a problem in this country that needs addressed. Unfortunately, hasty emotional responses usually lack legitimate reasoning and sound logic. We have seen this in various States, including Nevada, where legislators have attempted to pass bills that number one, fail to address the real motive behind these tragic events, and two, make criminals out of individuals like me.
[Sir/Ma'am], you can’t fight crime by creating criminals. Our second President, John Adams stated, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
The facts are these:
According to a 2010 CDC Report and a study by the Northwestern University School of Law for every one person killed by homicide, accident, or suicide using a firearm over 80 are saved, whether firing the weapon or simply brandishing it.
A recent study published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy concluded that there is a negative correlation between gun ownership and violent crime in countries internationally.
With just one exception, every public mass shooting in the USA since 1950 has taken place where citizens are banned from carrying guns.
In other words, more firearms = less crime. People do not shoot other people because they have a gun – they shoot them because they have a problem. In June of 2020 NBC News reported that Americans are the unhappiest they have been in 50 years. We have to ask ourselves, what has changed? Contrary to what the mainstream media would like to admit, along with many Americans themselves, the answer is obvious. We as a nation no longer hold the family unit in high regard, accountability is a thing of the past, there is no common standard as a civilized society as each and every individual has been allowed (and usually encouraged) to operate within their own self-proclaimed reality. Our media perpetuates hate and division while social media and marketing campaigns continually remind Americans that they are not beautiful enough or enjoying the same quality of life as their neighbors. As a result, some Americans feel destitute, alone, worthless, paranoid, victimized, etc. and unfortunately, they decide to do harm to others. Sometimes they use a vehicle, sometimes a knife, sometimes a baseball bat and yes, sometimes a firearm. It is a tragedy, but it is a reality.
Bills like AB286 are simply another step towards the ultimate goal of universal firearm registration and confiscation. Frankly, the government has no business knowing what firearms I own, nor how I acquired them - whether purchased or manufactured at home. I have a natural right to defend myself and my family from those threats who are looking to do us harm – not only in our home but also public areas that have been identified in this bill. If anyone thinks this legislation will keep firearms or other weapons out of the hands of criminals, especially in light of our current federal administration’s flexibility on border security, then I would seriously question their grip on reality as well.
Please [Sir/Ma'am], I am asking as a concerned citizen of the State of Nevada and the United States as a whole, that you too oppose this bill, gather together intelligent and creative minds who can collaborate in order to identify and propose solutions that will address the real problems at hand. And last but not least, don’t turn 99.99% of law-abiding Nevadans who rely on their firearms for protection into criminals.