A big legal fight is brewing involving two pro-gun casinos that both want to prevent a gun store/shooting range from opening up in their high-rent neighborhood on the Las Vegas Strip. What’s wrong with this picture? The Venetian and Wynn Las Vegas hotels have both asked the Clark County Planning Commission to reverse its approval for a Beretta gun boutique and shooting range inside The Shoppes At The Palazzo resort.
I’m not sure exactly what stirred up this tempest in a (Wedgewood) teacup, but you can bet your Browning it’s not any of the usual suspects like race-baiting politics or leftist anti-gun hysteria. The Wynn hotel is owned by Steve Wynn, a billionaire who has given megabucks to Karl Rove and his Crossroads GPS superpac, and The Venetian plays host to the SHOT Show every year, where tens of thousands of shooting industry professionals fondle tens of thousands of guns for the better part of a week.
The Commission already approved the Beretta proposal by a vote of 4-1. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the commissioners were highly skeptical of the casinos’ arguments against the Beretta Outlet Store. One commissioner verged on calling The Venetian’s attorney a hypocrite, citing that hotel’s annual SHOT Show extravaganza. Another noted that Clark County, Nevada has a 72-hour waiting period for most pistol purchases.
Nonresident shoppers, of course, won’t be able to buy handguns there at all under Federal law, and I think it’s safe to predict that very few
disgruntled postal workers deranged shooters would try to wreak havoc with a handmade Italian shotgun costing more than the average American’s annual salary. The Beretta store will feature plenty of presumably armed security, just in case I’m wrong.
So what is all this fuss about? I’m stumped, but the Wynn and Venetian hotels have promised a lawsuit if the Planning Commission doesn’t reverse course. We’ll keep you posted.