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Suit Filed Over Delay In Background Check Implementation

Nevada voters approved expanded background checks for gun sales this past November, but they have yet to be implemented.

That's led to a lawsuit.

Nevadans for Background Checks, the group that pushed for the ballot initiative, has named Gov. Brian Sandoval and Attorney General Adam Laxalt as defendants in their suit.

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Laxalt issued a legal opinion about the background check policy Thursday, saying in part his office saw a way for the state to comply with the parameters spelled out in Question 1, but that it would be without compare on a national level.

The state has not enforced Question 1 up to now because of a hang-up related to how background checks would be conducted.

Right now, Nevada conducts checks with a state-run database, while Question 1 directed background checks to be done through a federal system.

Moving fully to using the federal system would require changes in state law.

Casey Morell is the coordinating producer of Nevada Public Radio's flagship broadcast State of Nevada and one of the station's midday newscast announcers. (He's also been interviewed by Jimmy Fallon, whatever that's worth.)