A new poll out today from the Reno Gazette-Journal and Suffolk University shows 68 percent of Nevada voters want to see the 2016 background check expansion initiative enforced. Meanwhile, Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt continues to thwart the will of the voters by refusing to work to enforce the measure known as Question 1.
From the beginning, Laxalt actively fought the ballot initiative to close Nevada’s private-party firearm sales loophole because of his fealty to the gun lobby. The gubernatorial hopeful campaigned for the NRA’s $6.6 million initiative to defeat the measure in 2016, and his 2014 campaign manager and current campaign consultant led the NRA’s political action committee that ran the campaign against Question 1. Laxalt also recently flip-flopped on support of “red flag” laws to allow for temporary seizure of firearms from someone who poses a serious threat of violence — only after the NRA appeared to soften its stance on the issue.
Yesterday, Laxalt bragged that he is “doing everything [he] can to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.” But that doesn’t square with Laxalt’s “controversial opinion” on Question 1 and his unrelenting efforts to block the measure’s passage and subsequent enforcement.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokeswoman Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“When it comes to taking steps to make our communities safer, Adam Laxalt only does what the Washington gun lobby lets him do. Nevada voters could not have been any clearer — they are demanding leaders who will respect their will and carry out Question 1. But Laxalt always puts the gun lobby’s agenda over the will of the people, and his desperate attempts to turn around his image as a ‘wind-up toy for the NRA’ are nothing more than empty political stunts.”