The political arm of a major gun control group is promising to spend $3.5 million in Nevada to boost Democrats including gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak and attorney general hopeful Aaron Ford.
Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund announced Tuesday that it will direct a significant part of its planned $10 million nationwide election spending toward the Silver State, which will include direct contributions and independent spending including mail and digital advertisements.
The group endorsed Sisolak and Ford on Monday and said it supported their plans to strengthen the state’s gun control laws. It also states that their Republican opponents, Adam Laxalt and Wes Duncan, received high marks from the National Rifle Association and weren’t devoted to enforcing a universal background checks ballot measure approved by voters in 2016 but that was later found unenforceable.
“Almost two years after Nevada voted to expand background checks to unlicensed gun sales, that deadly loophole remains wide open,” Everytown for Gun Safety president John Feinblatt said in a statement. “Now Nevadans are looking for leaders who understand that respecting the will of the people is not optional.”
Laxalt’s office in 2016 issued an opinion that because the state couldn’t compel the FBI to complete background checks for private party gun sales, the initiative couldn’t be enforced. A Clark County judge agreed with Laxalt and the state in August, ruling against a lawsuit that sought to compel the state to enforce the measure.
Everytown has also promised to get involved in elections in Georgia, Michigan and New Mexico. Feinblatt told the Washington Post on Monday that the initial spending was a “curtain raiser” on the group’s planned spending ahead of the 2018 election.
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