Nevada’s Bill To Prohibit Firearms That Lack Serial Numbers

A gun behind chains with a padlock.

The Nevada State Legislature recently introduced a draft law that demands the prohibition of firearms with no commercial serial number. These homemade products are known as ‘ghost guns’.

AB 286, which the Nevada Assembly member Sanda Jauregui sponsored, would also enforce a criminal-level penalty on anyone who brings firearms into a private place where these are prohibited.

Jauregui put forth the draft law because of a rise in violence as well as Las Vegas Strip incidents that involved guns. There were shootings for many days last fall. The state legislative committee members heard the draft law.

After the coronavirus, Nevada should show inhabitants and visitors that it is a location where they could forget about their issues instead of finding more of those, said Jauregui. For your information, the assemblywoman survived a Las Vegas Strip shooting in October 2017. She recognized the requirement of all gettable selling points to correct the issues in the local tourism economy and continue the economy as expected.

The firearms in question are made at home with the kinds of kits that require no serial number. These may be legal at a federal level, but no one can make them for trade.

The weapons cannot be traced, so determining the exact number of these in circulation is tricky. Over 40% of the weapons recovered for reasons relating to crimes in California lack serial numbers. As for David Pucino of Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, these are a way for individuals who cannot purchase guns to get it without breaking the federal law. The ones, who are banned due to a felony or lack of legal maturity, have been utilizing it for mass violence, Pucino added. Two of those violent incidents happened in California’s Saugus High School and Santa Monica College.

The draft law is inapplicable to guns that do not work as intended, or that are collector’s items/antiques. The other main thing in the draft law is a process that lets a business enterprise choose to ban the use of firearms on its property. The enterprises can already ask armed individuals to go away from their properties. Anyhow, the draft law would cause possessing the weapon on private real estate property to be expressly against the criminal law.

John McManus of MGM Resorts International stated that the law that bans firearms would aid in making the resort’s corridor much safer than now. McManus aided in introducing the draft law.

The legalese is not meant to keep any particular incident from happening on the Las Vegas Strip. Rather, the legal language is to prevent a form of culture that incites violence there, said McManus.

A few organizations, which include the Nevada Firearms Coalition and the Nevada-based National Rifle Association, opposed the draft law.

Daniel Reid of the NRA commented that it would not do much to discourage criminals, plus would place a responsibility on those who own guns legally.

As for Reid, the restrictions under the law are not warranted. Federal laws and state legislation rigorously restrict the actions of manufacturing, transferring and possessing all forms of firearms, Reid said. There is already a firearm prohibition on possibly dangerous felons who are either judged mentally defective or forced to obey a court restraining order.

As for Jauregui, every law may not be perfect, but this one would keep some instances from happening, plus it would save a few lives.

Not all laws prevent all bad things, she said. The seatbelt law does not keep everyone from dying after a car collision. No DUI law prevents every case of driving under the influence. Not every dropout prevention act keeps all children in school. Further, a facemask requirement does not prevent all COVID-19 cases, either.