Mr. Conservative – by Bookworm
While Washington may be ignoring you (at least, when it’s not spying on you), your voice can still be heard, at least at the state level. Although Nevada’s Republican governor Brian Sandoval had already announced that he intended to veto the Nevada legislature’s “universal background check” bill, thousands of citizens called the governor’s office to make sure that he kept his word.
Once the NRA sent out an alert notifying Nevada citizens that their legislature had passed a universal background check bill that would force people to pay $30 for a background check before claiming their gun, 2,200 people called the governor’s office this past Wednesday to protest. There were so many calls that the Governor’s office set up an emergency automated phone system allow callers to push a button to show whether their call was for or against universal background checks in Nevada. So far, 80% of the calls were in the “nay” column.
The phone system has no filters. It doesn’t distinguish between Nevada residents and people from out of state, nor does it prevent people from voting multiple times. Nevertheless, if nothing else, it measures the heat behind citizen opposition to the bill.
When Sandoval vetoes Nevada’s universal background check bill, he will be the first governor to do so. In those states that have passed universal background check bills, including Colorado and Connecticut, the Democrat governors have enthusiastically supported the legislation.
Because the Colorado legislature meets only every other year, once the governor vetoes the bill, February 2015 will be the earliest the issue can be revived in Nevada.