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Legislative gun law changes inspired by October 1 have seen middling adoption over last nine months; advocates urge patience

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October 1st, 2020 - 2:00am
Public records obtained by The Nevada Independent indicate that more than 2,400 background checks on private party transactions have been conducted between the law’s effective date in January and Sept. 1. But the state Department of Public Safety — which manages the state’s background check system — only reported four issuances of “red flag” Extreme Risk Protection Orders over the last nine months.

Tattoos help Route 91 shooting survivors remember and heal

October 1st, 2020 - 2:00am
McAuley’s healing journey in the last three years has included going to therapy and changing his role within the fire department to move away from certain frontline work. But on Wednesday, it also included adding a permanent reminder of the shooting to his arm.

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Still largely untested, Nevada’s new red flag law and expanded background checks rankle gun show attendees

January 29th, 2020 - 2:00am
At a gun show last weekend in Carson City, where handguns and scopes and rifles were on display at a community center, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak was a bit of a persona non grata. Gun control bills the governor signed out of the 2019 legislative session — including one requiring background checks on private sales and transfers and another authorizing temporary gun confiscation for people showing behavioral “red flags” — just took effect this month.

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Committee to recall Humboldt sheriff for enforcing new gun control laws calls foul against county officials

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December 11th, 2019 - 2:00am
A committee to recall the Humboldt County sheriff and remove him from office says it submitted more than the required number of signatures on Friday to qualify the call for a special election, but organizers are reeling after learning that county officials violated election rules by allowing the target of the recall to thumb through the petition before submitting the signatures to the secretary of state.

Humboldt residents will file to recall sheriff after commissioners signed ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ resolution

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October 24th, 2019 - 2:00am
Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Allen’s decision to enforce new red flag laws, which allow for temporary confiscation of guns for people a judge deems “at risk." has spurred a campaign to have him recalled. Dawn Principe, owner of Sage Hill Arms gun store in Winnemucca and member of the 1,600-member Facebook group behind the recall campaign, said members plan to file a notice of intent on Thursday.

Two years after Las Vegas shooting Congress still at odds on guns

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October 15th, 2019 - 5:17am
Following the second anniversary of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, supporters of gun-control legislation are holding on to the slimmest of hopes for passing new laws, aiming to find a path forward in the face of a narrowing window for congressional action.

MGM Resorts agrees to pay victims of Las Vegas shooting up to $800 million

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October 3rd, 2019 - 8:56am
MGM Resorts International has agreed to pay up to $800 million to the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival shooting on the Las Vegas Strip in October 2017 that claimed the lives of 58 and injured more than 800.

Two years after security guard’s death in Oct. 1 massacre, mother’s music helps keep his memory alive

Angelica Cervantes, mother of Erick Silva who died during the October 1, 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting
October 1st, 2019 - 2:00am
The CDs feature three songs that she wrote, an audio representation of her family’s strength, and a way to keep alive the memory of Erick Silva. He was her son, a security guard killed in the Oct. 1 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival that left 58 people dead and hundreds injured.

Nevada DMV debuts 'Forever Strong' specialty license plate to benefit Las Vegas Resiliency Center

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September 30th, 2019 - 2:14pm
The plate features a black and gold heart logo on a gold gradient background that was designed by R&R Partners for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The world “Nevada” is centered at the top and “Forever Strong” is centered at the bottom of the plate.

House panel to take up Titus-backed high-capacity gun magazine ban

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August 17th, 2019 - 2:00am
In the wake of three mass shootings in California, Texas and Ohio, the House Judiciary Committee announced that it will return early from the August recess to vote on three gun control bills, including a measure introduced by Rep. Dina Titus that would ban high-capacity magazines.

Sheriff: Securing high-rises near open-air venues, better victim identification among lessons learned from Oct. 1 shooting

July 10th, 2019 - 6:36pm
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo on Wednesday detailed a number of lessons learned by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department from the Oct. 1 mass shooting, including that high rise structures facing open air venues must be kept secure, fire commanders should be present and crews should have extra supplies including trauma kits at big events.

October 1 emotions drive debate on bill to ban bump stock devices, give local governments more power

April 1st, 2019 - 1:50pm
It was addressed to friends and family, written on advice of a counselor who told the Democratic Assemblywoman that it could help her process the trauma of having survived the mass shooting on October 1, 2017. On Monday, she read that letter publicly for the first time; detailing how her husband Truman covered her body to protect her from bullets, how she hid under bleachers, ran into gunfire to jump a fence and escape — and how she grappled with the guilt of survival.

Indy DC Download: Government shuts down as GOP and Democrats negotiate over wall funding

December 22nd, 2018 - 2:00am
Federal workers were bracing for a partial government shutdown late Friday as Democrats and Republicans sparred over President Donald Trump’s demand that Congress approve $5 billion to help build a wall on the Mexican border as part of short-term funding legislation.

Nevada HHS Receives $16.7 million grant to help recover from Oct. 1 shooting

Flowers lay on the ground near the Route 91 Festival grounds
November 30th, 2018 - 9:55am
The Justice Department has awarded a $16.7 million grant to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services to help with the recovery effort in the wake of the Oct. 1 shooting, including funding the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center, and victim and first responder support services.

Federal judicial panel rejects MGM Resorts' lawsuit centralization request

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October 3rd, 2018 - 6:14pm
A federal judicial panel charged with determining whether civil lawsuits pending in different districts should be centralized has denied MGM Resorts’ request to do so regarding litigation related to last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Members of the delegation, Trump pay tribute to Oct. 1 deceased and survivors

October 1st, 2018 - 4:11pm
On the first anniversary of the Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas, members of the state’s congressional delegation and President Donald Trump paid tribute to the city and the indelible tragedy it survived.

One Year Later: School librarian's project spreads the love her family felt after the shooting

October 1st, 2018 - 2:40am
Cindy Baca was blown away by the support her family received last year after her twin daughters were injured in the Las Vegas shooting. She recently started a kindness project at Escobedo Middle School, where she works as a librarian, as a way to pay forward the kindness.

Sandoval: 'I don't feel helpless whatsoever' to prevent further tragedies

October 1st, 2018 - 2:35am
“It is devastating. Absolutely devastating, and I’m sad all the time for the families, for the people who lost their lives, for what it’s done to the collective emotion of a community and of a state and of a nation,” he said. “But what we have to do is learn from it ... it has brought this state together.”

One Year Later: Undocumented festival workers who survived Oct. 1 shooting hope for peace after trauma, successful visa applications

Flowers lay on the ground near the Route 91 Festival grounds
October 1st, 2018 - 2:30am
Sleepless nights. Days trying hard to move forward. Dreams yet to be fulfilled. This is how Marcela remembers the 365 days that have passed since the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Cooking is a kind of therapy Marta uses to cope with her experience on Oct. 1, when she was working to clean bathrooms at a country music festival and started to hear the sound of gunfire.

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