Las Vegas prosecutor joins Nevada gun background checks lawsuit

LAS VEGAS - The district attorney in Las Vegas is joining backers of an expanded gun background check ballot measure who are suing the state to enforce a law approved by Nevada voters in 2016.

Clark County District Court Judge Joe Hardy accepted an agreement Wednesday to allow District Attorney Steve Wolfson to weigh in on a lawsuit calling for the governor and state attorney general to enact the law.

The judge set a Feb. 12 hearing on core questions in the case.

An initiative mandating FBI background checks on private-party gun sales passed by less than 1 percentage point after Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed a similar measure in 2013.

Attorney General Adam Laxalt calls the law unenforceable because the FBI wants Nevada's Department of Public Safety to conduct the checks.

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