Bump stock on a semi-automatic rifle

FILE--Nevada’s Democratic-controlled state government is expected to pass a ban on bump stocks on guns and tackle other firearm legislation as the Legislature meets for the first time since the October 2017 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

A bill in the Nevada legislature is expected to be rewritten to include a “red flag” gun control measure. 

Democratic Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, D-Las Vegas, said she was removing a part of Assembly Bill 291, which would have allowed for local governments to create their own gun control restrictions, the Associated Press reported.

“Red flag” gun control measures allow law enforcement or family members to petition a judge to order firearm seizures from individuals thought to be a threat to themselves or others. A similar measure is expected to be added to AB 291 sometime this week. 

Jauregui reportedly removed the local government measure at the request of gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, which supported the measure but did not believe it would pass, AP reported. 

Other parts of the proposed legislation will remain in place, including a bump stock ban. 

The bill was granted a waiver exempting it from a Friday legislative deadline.

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action said on its website similar “red flag” measures to what's expected to be added in AB 291 don’t protect due process. 

“Generally, the orders are issued not because a person has been convicted of a crime or adjudicated mentally ill, but instead on third party allegations,” the group said. “This legislation lacks strong due process protections and contains low evidentiary standards that fall well below the norm for removing fundamental constitutional rights.”

Other states, like Colorado, have passed similar “red flag” laws despite a lack of bipartisan support.

Regional Editor

Derek Draplin is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as an opinion producer at Forbes, and as a reporter at Michigan Capitol Confidential and The Detroit News. He’s also an editor at The Daily Caller.