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The Latest: Bloomberg applauds gun background check bill

February 15, 2019

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on a gun background check bill moving through the Nevada Legislature (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is applauding Nevada lawmakers after the state’s governor signed legislation expanding background checks to private gun sales and transfers.

The former New York City mayor congratulated Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on signing the legislation Friday.

Bloomberg says Nevada lawmakers “have sided with the people over the gun lobby, and the common sense law they adopted today will save lives.” He made the comments in a statement.

He says the will of the American people will not be disregarded on the issue of gun safety.

Bloomberg has been a financial supporter of Everytown for Gun Safety. A representative for the organization urged Nevada lawmakers to pass the legislation this week.

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1:25 p.m.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed into law a measure closing a loophole that allows gun buyers to avoid background checks by going through unlicensed gun sellers.

He signed the bill Friday afternoon surrounded by lawmakers who supported the measure. The bill came shortly after the state Assembly approved the measure.

He described it as a historic moment for the state and thanked lawmakers and the survivors of gun violence for their work.

The legislation was fiercely opposed by Republicans, who argued the legislation was not specific and would not quell gun violence.

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1:05 p.m.

Nevada’s Legislature has passed a bill requiring background checks on private gun sales and transfers.

The Assembly approved the measure Friday, days after the state Senate passed it. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak is expected to sign it.

Lawmakers heard hours of public comment on the bill earlier this week that is considered a fix to a 2016 gun background check measure approved by voters.

The measure seeks to close a loophole that allows gun buyers to avoid background checks by going through unlicensed gun sellers.

Democrats proposed the new measure after former Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and former Attorney General Adam Laxalt said the 2016 law could not be enforced.

Republicans are accusing Democrats of hurrying the legislation, which opponents say is overly broad and infringes on Second Amendment rights.

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12:05 p.m.

Lawmakers in Nevada’s Assembly are debating proposed legislation that would require background checks on private gun sales and transfers.

The debate Friday comes days after the state Senate passed the measure in a vote.

The bill seeks to close a loophole that allows gun buyers to avoid background checks by going through unlicensed gun sellers. Republicans had said Democrats are hurrying the bill through the legislative process. Some opponents say it infringes on Second Amendment rights while others say the bill language is not specific.

Democrats argue the bill will increase public safety and promotes the will of voters, who passed a 2016 background check measure.