The firearm proliferationists are launching their agenda early in the Nevada legislative season, with A.B. 2 – the pack your gun around in your vehicle everywhere you want to go bill. Or, as the Legislative Counsel Bureau puts it more elegantly:
“Legislative Counsel’s Digest: Existing law generally makes it a gross misdemeanor to carry or possess certain weapons while on the property of the Nevada System of Higher Education, a private or public school or a child care facility, or while in a vehicle of a private or public school or a child care facility except in certain circumstances. (NRS 202.265) This bill adds an exception so that a person is not prohibited from possessing such weapons on the property of the Nevada System of Higher Education, a private or public school or a child care facility if the weapon remains out of public view and if the weapon is: (1) inside a motor vehicle that is occupied or, if the motor vehicle is unoccupied, the motor vehicle is locked; or (2) stored in a locked container that is affixed securely to the motor vehicle.”
There are precious few places where the proliferationists can’t pack their weapons of choice and pleasure. School campuses are one such place. Under the provisions of A.B. 2 that protection is eliminated. And, of course the gun-proliferationists were out in force for the hearing. [LVRJ] The supporters, notably Assemblyman Hambrick are quick to point out this isn’t a “campus carry” bill. However, it’s interesting that one individual offering testimony described his trouble clearing up charges after “someone entered his locked car at Reed High School in Sparks where he worked and found his gun. That person reported it.” And, now someone needs to ask the question:
What if the individual who entered his locked car in the Reed High School parking lot didn’t report it, instead, say, stole it, or worse used it in the commission of a felony? Are we to believe that if the gun is out of sight, and locked in, that it’s safe on school grounds? Not necessarily, if the person offering the testimony is to be believed. Someone did, in fact, get into the vehicle, and did, in fact, find the firearm.
The NRA mythology is nothing if not embedded in the minds of those who promote gun ownership and possession. Does the gun make you “feel safe?” It might, but the statistics show another pattern. The ‘good guy with a gun’ myth has been pretty thoroughly debunked. [Slate]
This won’t be the last proliferation bill before the 2015 session of the legislature, and there are some “model” bills from the NRA and ALEC which ought to be tracked. Watch for bills similar to the “Campus Personnel Protection Act,” for which ALEC has model legislation. There is also a model for the outright concealed carry statutes promoted by the NRA and ALEC. Another variation on this theme is the concealed carry reciprocity model also promoted by those two organizations. There’s also a model bill to prevent cities and counties from prescribing any local firearms regulations.
We might also want to be aware of ALEC/NRA model resolutions on guns and child safety, which basically says tell your kids guns are dangerous, a little “education” is all that’s needed. Interesting, since a person in the United States is more likely to be killed by a toddler than a terrorist. [Forward] See also, the NRA resolution on promoting Eddie the Eagle to protect us from toddlers who find firearms. Then, there’s the resolution decrying waiting periods for gun purchases, or as we might call it the “Suicide Facilitation Act?”
For ceremonial purposes, there’s the ALEC/NRA model resolution on the glories of the 2nd Amendment – as interpreted by the National Rifle Association. Or as introduced in Nevada, AB 100, “relating to the Attorney General; requiring the Attorney General, under certain circumstances, to commence an action to protect and secure the rights of residents of this State under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution…” Translation: If the President of the United States issues an executive order “infringing” on 2nd amendment “rights” then the AG’s office will file a suit. Paranoia reigns supreme?
However, if you’d really like to witness paranoia in action – click over to the NRA’s legislative action page. Here’s betting we see several items from the NRA wish list, during this session of the Assembled Wisdom.