Bill, returned from the dead, could create gun-free zones at major Nevada casinos
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – No guns at the Las Vegas Strip casinos.
With a few exemptions, it would be possible that a bill that once died in the Nevada legislature, SB 452, is going through fierce opposition after being revived by Senate Democratic Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro in the dying days of the 120-day session.
Significant parts of the bill were initially deleted from an Assembly bill to ban phantom weapons that was passed by the Legislature.
“Private properties already have the capacity to ban firearms on their premises,” she said when reintroducing the bill in a joint committee session with the Assembly.
Cannizzaro said the bill would only provide a mechanism to enforce casino security by allowing them to call the police and charge someone with a felony if someone has a gun on their doorstep. property and refuses to leave or return the weapon after a verbal warning.
Casino operators should choose to become a gun-free zone and post warning signs to patrons at all entrances.
SB 452 provides exemptions for security guards, active duty police officers, people who have recently purchased a firearm at a trade fair, and people specially designated by casino operators to carry a weapon. fire on the property.
MGM Resorts backed the bill and Senior Vice President Ayesha Molino said it would allow casinos to avoid violence before it breaks out.
“As the largest employer in the state, we have a responsibility to ensure the safety of our employees, our customers and our customers, and that is ultimately what it is about”, a- she declared.
The bill has attracted strange colleagues from the opposition.
Republicans, Democrats, gun rights advocates, police unions and civil rights advocates have joined forces to testify against the bill.
MP Shondra Summers has expressed concern that the bill would allow casino security to target people of color for random weapon searches.
“I’m very concerned with what I think this leads to which is stop and frisk,” Summers said.
The U.S. Civil Liberties Union joined Summers in his concern, saying increased interaction with police on the trail involving weapons could lead to disastrous results.
“It’s just not a bad bill that has good intentions,” said Arthur Hassee Bullah, director of the ACLU Nevada. “This is a potentially deadly bill with good intentions.”
Despite widespread opposition, Senate Judiciary President Melanie Scheible called for a vote and ended the debate with a nod to the hospitality industry.
“The tourism economy is the lifeblood of our Nevada economy,” she said. “And so we should pay special attention to resorts, casinos and hotels.”
The bill was advanced by a razor thin margin, but supporters will have to work quickly if they are to get it to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office.
The session ends on June 1.