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October 20, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Check on buyers of guns isn’t a burden

Recently at a gun violence prevention rally with about 40 people in Henderson, Bob Cavazos, who owns five guns, spoke of the need to expand background checks in Nevada. A bill to do this was passed through the legislature due to the determination of state Sen. Justin Jones. Unfortunately, the bill was vetoed by Gov. Brian Sandoval with the excuse that it was a burden to gun owners.

Cavazos argued sensibly that “getting a background check isn’t a burden — it’s an inconvenience. A burden is burying your loved one in the ground.”

I cannot agree more. We suffer more inconvenience registering our cars and getting a driver’s license. Why shouldn’t gun ownership be just as thorough?

I for one am sick of the distortions and lies of the NRA. It is time for the public and our representatives to speak up and act for common-sense gun safety.

It is unfortunate that Nevada has to wait until 2015 for the next Legislature to override Sandoval’s veto. I hope Rep. Joe Heck will have the courage to support and co-sponsor HR1565 when he returns to Congress in September.

If he is your congressman, let him know how you feel about this critical issue.

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