Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and the Nevada chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America today released a new television advertisement calling on Nevada legislators to reject Assemblywoman Michele Fiore’s agenda to let violent criminals and people with no firearms training carry hidden, loaded guns in public, including in schools, day care facilities and on college campuses. The ad, which can be viewed here, will begin airing on network and cable stations in the Las Vegas and Reno television markets tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4.
Assemblywoman Fiore is the sponsor of several bills that would repeal important Nevada public safety laws by forcing colleges and schools to allow guns and allowing violent criminals to carry hidden, loaded weapons in public:
• AB 148 would force colleges, K-12 schools, and child care facilities to allow concealed carry permit holders to carry hidden, loaded handguns.
• SB 171 would force law enforcement to recognize concealed carry permits issued by all other states, many of which issue permits to people with violent misdemeanor criminal convictions. (An identical provision exists in SB 175.)
• SB 143 allows people – including criminals convicted of violent misdemeanors – to carry concealed, loaded handguns in public with no permit.
“It’s just common sense that violent criminals shouldn’t be allowed to carry hidden loaded weapons in our communities and around our kids,” said Cassie Rice, a volunteer with the Nevada chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “But if the Nevada legislature follows Michele Fiore’s lead, criminals, people with dangerous mental illness and people with absolutely no firearms training would be allowed to carry loaded, concealed handguns in public – even in schools and on college campuses. Everytown and Nevada Moms are urging our state legislators to reject Fiore’s dangerous plan and instead stand with Nevadans to protect our families and communities from gun violence.”
Volunteers with Nevada Moms Demand Action and Everytown, along with Nevada college students, campus police and professors, will also testify against AB 148 at the bill’s hearing in Carson City on Thursday, March 5.
In addition, Richard Martinez, the father of 20-year-old Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez who was killed in the tragedy near the campus of UC Santa Barbara last May will visit Nevada this week to oppose AB 148, Fiore’s legislation to allow guns in schools, day cares and on college campuses. Immediately after the tragedy that killed his son, Richard Martinez stood up and demanded that “not one more” person should die from senseless gun violence in this country. He is now an outreach associate with Everytown for Gun Safety.