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Brooks denied access to firearms for one year

Assemblyman Steven Brooks of the 77th (2013) Nevada Assembly District.

Assemblyman Steven Brooks of the 77th (2013) Nevada Assembly District.

Assemblyman Steven Brooks, D-North Las Vegas, has been placed on a federal list prohibiting him from buying a firearm for one year, a state public safety official confirmed Monday.

Brooks attempted to buy a rifle at a Sparks sporting goods store Friday, sparking a criminal background check required for gun purchases.

"We have completed the background research that was involved in this process and we have determined to place him in deny status for a year," said Pat Conmay, chief of the records and technology for the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

Conmay said he could not make public the reason for Brooks being denied the purchase.

State law prohibits those with felony convictions, an adjudication of mental illness, or certain domestic violence convictions from legally purchasing a gun.

Brooks has been arrested twice in the past two months, once on allegations he threatened Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, D-North Las Vegas, and once on allegations of domestic battery. He also was detained for a psychiatric evaluation last month following a domestic disturbance with a sword.

Brooks is on paid leave from the Assembly and has been banned from entering the Legislative Building. The Assembly has also convened a select committee to determine whether Brooks is fit to continue serving in the Legislature.

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  1. What crap. He's mentally ill and has violence issues. He should be banned from purchasing a firearm period. No time limit. He's exactly the kind of guy we don't want having a weapon.

  2. Oh, this is really going to hurt him. Now he'll have to wait a year before he can buy a gun. Back to the planning board for him. He's just the guy that needs a gun. After all, he has to protect himself. LOL

  3. I think we need stronger protection from gun violence including more regulation of gun ownership. I agree Brookes should not have a weapon, but I think there are two noteworthy things here.

    1) They could not get him on the list using legal means (because an arrest is not a conviction).
    2) The NRA types are not up in arms about this restriction on his 2nd Amendment rights because he is black.

  4. Even though I think they made a good decision considering his recent actions I would be interested in knowing why/how they could put him on a one year list.

    He has not been convicted of anything. I would be interested in knowing under current laws would would preclude him from purchasing a firearm.

  5. It's about time someone used common sense in this saga, and it doesn't matter what color he is so stop playing the race card.

  6. "We have completed the background research that was involved in this process and we have determined to place him in deny status for a year," said Pat Conmay, chief of the records and technology for the Nevada Department of Public Safety."

    All forgetting the man is accused, not convicted, of anything. What if he's exonerated and gets a clean bill of mental health in the near future? Then that year's ban would be arbitrary and capricious on the state's part.

    "What crap. He's mentally ill and has violence issues."

    Oshikuru -- you base your post on what, exactly? Besides the headlines, I mean

    In the meantime his district is unrepresented in the legislature. Without proof this is all just herdspeak.

    "...how little does the common herd know of the nature of right and truth." - Socrates in Plato's "Euthyphro" (399 B.C.E.?)

  7. So he can now go to a gun show or the RJ classifieds or Craigslist and buy anything he wants.

  8. "How come the NRA is not standing up for this mans 2nd Amendment rights?"

    Markey -- maybe it's because they are a lobbying organization. And maybe this isn't so much a Second Amendment case as one primarily under our Nevada Constitution's Article I, Section 11.

    "Makes you feel ashamed to live in a land where justice is a game." -- Bob Dylan "Hurricane"