In a session on Tuesday, The Nevada Senate Judiciary Committee discussed a bill that would require any person that has been convicted of stalking or with extended protection orders against them to surrender their firearms over to the state government.
Under current Nevada state law, a state judge has the option to do this at their will. However, this bill would expand that to allow the state to find any and all people with protection orders against them to have their firearms grabbed.
State Senator Patricia Spearman, of North Las Vegas, presented Senate Bill 124, which she said is meant to “ensure our laws protect those who need it most.”
Spearman dismissed any 2nd Amendment concerns opponents of the bill may have and argued it is not a partisan issue.
“This is about protecting victims of domestic violence. … It’s an issue for humanity,” she said.
The National Rifle Association and the Nevada Firearms Coalition testified against the provision of the bill that limits judges’ options and questioned the scheme for surrendering guns contained in the bill.
What do you think? Do you think that people convicted of stalking or those that have these protection orders out against them should not have their guns? Or do you think this is government overreach? Let us know in the comments below.