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Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (courtesy

“Nevada will not become the latest state to enact new gun-control regulations, after Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval on Thursday vetoed the Democratic state legislature’s universal background checks bill,” reports in its own ass-backwards way. “Senate Bill 221, while laudable in its efforts to strengthen reporting requirements concerning mentally ill persons, imposes unreasonable burdens and harsh penalties upon law-abiding Nevadans, while doing little to prevent criminals from unlawfully obtaining firearms,” Sandoval said in his veto statement. Once again, we see that there are two America’s: anti-gun slave states (e.g., New York) where civilian disarmament found fertile ground and free states where conservative values still hold sway, if only just (e.g., Nevada). While Sandoval’s veto strikes a blow for freedom, Yeats got it right: things fall apart. The center will not hold. Just sayin’ . . .

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  1. One wouldn’t expect the legislature of a “free State” to pass such a bill to begin with. A governor’s veto is a rather thin foundation for durable gun rights.

    • All “free states” are in jeopardy at one level or another as long as grabbers, especially $Bloomberg$ and his organizations, exist.

      This will be a long effort, because the grabbers aren’t going anywhere, and to long as they strive to “educate”, or rather brainwash Americans in a coordinated attempt to dispirit, disarm and disenfranchise large portions of the American population and to weaken our founding principles through what is best understood as psychological warfare, we are all at risk, wherever we reside, free state or otherwise.

      • Unfortunately, we have an 11-10 liberal majority in our state senate and the bill was passed by a party line 11-10 vote.
        I’m just glad Sandoval was there to veto the piece of crap.

      • Unfortunately, we have an 11-10 liberal majority in our state senate and the bill was passed by a party line 11-10 vote.
        I’m just glad Sandoval was there to veto the piece of crap.
        My local Senator, Pete Goicoechea was one of the nay votes, now if we could just get Las Vegas to secede, hmmmm.

        • And yet, even with the party lineup the way it is the bill had been stalled for most of the legislative session, until Bloomberg started lobbying in the State. Somebody in the Nevada legislature better pay a price at the polls in 2014 or this bill will come back big time.

  2. I’m happy being from las Vegas yeah I wish it wouldn’t have gone this far but we have a great governor to stop it.

    • So far, so good. Who knows how long before your legislature attempts it again and obtains a veto-proof majority (hopefully not). Nonetheless, congratulations and good luck.

      • If the migration of folks from CA and certain liberal cold states continues, we will continue to see an erosion of our legislature. People move here, vote in the same failed policies

  3. He has just ensured his re-election.
    I don’t like that it took this much, but let Colorado be a warning to those who voted for the bill. People don’t forget.

    • @ Daniel Silverman
      Especially people who have been unjustly demonized, scapegoated, restricted and soon criminalized for believing in and exercising their protected freedoms by arrogant “educated” elitists who consider themselves the “only” authority on how things should be and apply deceitful improper methods to achieve their ends.

      In America, people who have been trampled in this manner develop a burning commitment to exact justice from those who have unfairly wronged them.

  4. This is a “win” of sorts, but only sort of like you’re in a knife fight with someone who has been trying to take your head off, suddenly realizes it was harder than he thought, and announces (with hands up in non-threatening gesture, but still holding the knife) “Wow … OK … OK … just let me catch my breath”.

    We didn’t “win” much, and we should be pressing the advantage to make actual gains … but please, PLEASE PEOPLE … DO NOT TURN YOUR BACKS!

  5. A welcome bit of good news. I met Gov. Sandoval when he was running for Attorney General of Nevada and he did a campaign tour through the rural part of the state. Nice guy. Seemed to “get it” generally.

    That being said, don’t underestimate the political machine in Vegas.

  6. “free states where conservative values still hold sway … Nevada is a state turning more and more liberal every election cycle. Statewide elections are controlled by Clark county mainly, with some help from Washoe county. Remember, this is the state that brings you harry “pinkie” reid and voted twice for our dear leader, the fascist obama. Sandovol is at best a RINO – most of his policies seem to lean left. It’s nice he seeks to protect gun owners rights, but otherwise he is not a conservative espousing conservative values.

    • Conservative or liberal, it’s refreshing to see a politician who seeks the counsel of his consituents and acts upon them rather than does what the party tells him.

    • The growth of southern Nevada (Vegas, Clark County) has been fueled for years by the move of California residents and those fleeing the colder states. With these came a LARGE body of liberal democrats wanting to ‘change things’ so they could screw things up here like where they came from (brilliance in motion…) Our Senate/Legislature, has, as a result, crept towards a democratic majority, which is exactly how this bill was passed.

      With the Gov’s veto they now have to get a 2/3s vote to pass it, and, barring some other tragedy to guilt our conservative lawmakers, that is not going to happen.

      Of course, Bloomberg is already making squawking noises about how our Gov support criminals, etc, etc., dead children, etc., etc., fear my money, etc., etc., not listening to the residents of Nevada, blah.

  7. Think your right Dan Silverman. And for every one…. EVERY ONE call the NV governor and say thanks give progunners the support they need.

  8. Isn’t that creep Reid from Nevada? I want the h#ll out of CA but am paying attention to where the far left crazies are

    • Yes, sadly. He is our senior Senator.

      Coming from a state that used to have a high percentage of conservatives he used to be much more moderate on certain issues, but he has completely and utterly lost his mind since Obama came into office.

    • He is and we’re still not sure how he won the last election when he was 4-6 points behind the day before and then won by a similar margin. Ok, we are sure. A lot of folks around here reported having a hard time voting for Sharon Angle, (1st hand from friends) as the machines kept defaulting to Reid.
      BTW, the SEIU were in charge of the voting machines. Talk about letting the fox in the hen house.

    • you cannot move /retreat to avoid them. They are fleeing blue states because of how crapped up they are and now messing up red ones. you need to stand your ground and fight.

  9. I am sick of all the lies told by democrats. Reid said “Ninety percent of Nevadans agree and it is too bad this bill has been vetoed.” If that were true then why did the phone calls favor the veto 3:1?

    Two years from now these idiots will still be touting that 90% number and anytime a gun control bill fails they will claim it is a slap in the face to victims of sandy hook. Yeah, 26 people were murdered 20 of which were children, heard it a million times and will probably hear about it a million or more times. It’s old news, shut up and move on and quit expecting everyone to enact new laws in honor of the sandy hook families. They got their airtime on national TV and a moment of silence at a ball game. What more do you want? Actually, never mind I know the answer to that question.

  10. I wouldn’t call these conservative values Robert…I would just say that they are values that press upon our constitution and bill or rights. I’m very far from conservative…but I do believe in Roe vs Wade whilst still being very pro gun….more and more people I know are becoming Libertarian…that is where I think the Republican party needs to go.

    • Agree 100%. I saw the error of my ways and moved from a Democrat to a libertarian Republican. The GOP better not screw this up.

  11. I love to see the pole that said 90% of Nevada wanted this crap, was it just his guys in the office that took that pole!!! I live here in Nevada anyone I talk too says they hate any new gun laws!!! If you vote for gun laws then your voting for criminals to be better armed then the good people!! Taking away the guns from the good guys!!! Criminals don’t fallow laws they are CRIMINALS!!!!! DUMB ASSES!!!

  12. background check on private sales lies under the jurisprudence of the States. If the citizens of any state want that level of protection, we should support them.

  13. Love the W.B. Yeats reference! One of my favorite poems. Let’s have the whole thing…


    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
    The darkness drops again; but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

  14. Here is one problem I have. It doesn’t matter what the people want if it goes against the constitution. That is why it is difficult to create new amendments so the people can’t screw themselves. The people can be wrong, very wrong. Even if 90% of Americans wanted background checks (we already have them duh!). The right thing that our lawmakers rulersshould do no matter what is to follow the constitution. I sit in disbelief when I hear someone who is supposed to represent us, and uphold the constitution have issues with upholding the constitution.

    I had a discussion with some co workers today and I was explaining how a law might sound good if we knew that nobody would abuse it. What happens is that people WILL abuse laws and use them against good people. The UNSAFE act is one example. That is why we have a document that limits the power of the federal government. It is the guide that our elected officials should know by heart and execute their duties by.

  15. I was surprised that this bill passed in the legislature, even by such razor-thin margins, after the Chiefs and Sheriff’s Association came out against it. I think that the Association’s dissent gave Sandoval all the cover he needed to dump this stupid proposal.

  16. “… there are two America’s …”

    Two America’s… what?

    I got nothin’.

    Maybe my phone call made a difference.

  17. Well doesn’t look like he fell for boxer’s “wind at our backs” speech!A lot of these anti-gunners are more full of themselves than they have the following.Glad that the governor vetoed the bill,but the Bloombergites will try again,hey ya’ll do you think that a lot of these supposed anti-gunners are just trying to cash in on Bloomberg handing out cash for gun control?That might be all it is about graft and corruption.Keep your powder dry.


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