Yesterday, the Nevada State Democratic Party filed a public records request with Attorney General Adam Laxalt for any communication between his office and the NRA since Laxalt’s term began in January 2015.
The gun lobby’s biggest advocate in Nevada, Laxalt was slated to speak at the NRA’s upcoming conference in Dallas until his photo was mysteriously scrubbed from the event website days after the Parkland shooting, raising questions about what happened and whether he still plans to attend. Laxalt was a main stage speaker at last year’s NRA confab — the only state attorney general to receive such a coveted slot.
Laxalt supported the NRA’s $6.6 million campaign to sink a 2016 Nevada ballot measure to expand background checks — even recording an ad for the group — and has been in the hot seat for refusing to enforce the measure that most Nevadans approved. In a recent interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Laxalt dodged a question about whether he’d sign a bill as governor to expand background checks, putting him at odds with Gov. Sandoval, who’s expressed support of such a solution.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“Adam Laxalt has established himself as a willing puppet for just about anyone wielding enough money and power. His close relationship with the NRA, especially coordinating with them to block a ballot measure, raises questions about how much influence the gun lobby really has on the attorney general’s office. Nevadans deserve to know if a man who hopes to be their governor is taking his cues from special interests.”