Bill Would End Gun Registrations in Clark County

LAS VEGAS -- After 65 years, Clark County's handgun registration program could be history if a new bill becomes law. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is fighting to keep gun registration, but others say the law doesn't serve a purpose and infringes on Second Amendment rights.

The origins of the gun registration law go back to the Mob days when the wise guys moved from the East to set up shop in Las Vegas. It was a way for authorities to keep tabs on the weapons brought into Clark County by organized crime.

Now, there is a push to get Clark County out of the handgun record-keeping business. Senate Bill 226 would have the state take over concealed carry permits from counties. It also halts Clark County's handgun registration program.

"Every since my brother was killed on the Strip, it changed my life," said Tehran Boldon.

His brother, Michael, was driving a cab when he lost his life in the Feb. 21 Strip shooting that ended in a fiery explosion.

Clark County is the only county in Nevada that requires gun registration. Boldon thinks there should be more registration, not less.

"Right now, maybe I think the state should get involved, and they should have uniformity in the codes."

Metro routinely taps the gun registration database to solve gun crimes.

"Gun registration is a valuable tool for law enforcement, an investigative tool," said Chuck Callaway, director of Metro Intergovernmental Services.

"We do echo the opposition as described by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department," said Capt. James Green with the Henderson Police Department.

Others argue, those who bear arms in Clark County are unfairly targeted.

"Those people deserve the same rights as the people in the rest of the state," said Janine Hansen with Nevada Families for Freedom.

The owner of The Gun Store on Tropicana Avenue, Bob Irwin, says the registration program is a complete waste of time and money.

"What's happening here is the bad guys don't register their guns anyway. It's illegal for a felon to register a gun because he's a felon," Irwin said.

Boldon wants stricter gun laws.

"The bad guys don't bother to register their handguns, but a lot of people who have handguns register them, get them stolen. We need accountability for these handguns that are loose on the streets."

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Ultimately, the portion of SB 226 that repeals the Clark County handgun registration program could be cut out of the bill before lawmakers vote on it.

 


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