The Douglas County Commission has became the latest local governing body to take a stand against a recently passed law requiring background checks on almost all private party gun sales and transfers.
Commissioners adopted a resolution Thursday evening informing the Legislature that it “opposes any state legislation which exceeds federal firearm transfer requirements” and infringes on either the United States or Nevada Constitution.
The resolution goes on to state that the commission “discourages” the Douglas County sheriff from enforcing any unconstitutional firearms law. Within its statutory or legal powers, the Commission also won’t enforce any law passed by the Legislature that it deems infringing on the rights of people under the Constitution, according to the resolution.
The Nye County Commission on Monday passed a resolution that demanded Gov. Steve Sisolak veto any measures infringing upon Second Amendment rights. The Nye resolution also formally directed Nevada lawmakers to “cease any action restricting the Right of the People to keep and bear arms.”
Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly previously announced she would not enforce the new background check law. The Democrat-controlled Legislature passed the bill through both chambers last month, and Sisolak signed it into law; however, the measure won’t take effect until Jan. 2, 2020.
Other local governing bodies may follow suit. The Elko County Commission plans to consider a resolution March 20 that would declare the county “a sanctuary for the Second Amendment.”