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Flowers lay on the ground near the Route 91 Festival grounds

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

“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.”

Flowers lay on the ground near the Route 91 Festival grounds

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

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.

Possible gun law changes on horizon for first legislative session after October 1 shooting

The Democratic assemblywoman was one of the roughly 22,000 concert-goers at the Route 91 Harvest festival on October 1, 2017, where shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire and killed 58 people and injured more than 850 from gunfire and the resulting panic. Jauregui wasn’t physically injured, but said the shock and pain left her unwilling to publicly discuss her experience — until news broke of another mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida that left 17 people dead just five months later.

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