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Background Check Initiative Lawsuit Dismissed

A judge Monday dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Governor Brian Sandoval and Attorney General Adam Laxalt didn’t adequately enforce a law to expand background checks on gun sales. 

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the suit, which was filed by several plaintiffs after October’s Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, had sought to compel stricter enforcement of the Background Check Act.

The background check initiative was approved by voters in 2016; however, the law was never implemented because Laxalt determined that the law requiring FBI checks could not be enforced. 

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The law required background checks by the FBI on private-party gun transfers, similar to sales made when someone buys a gun through a federally licensed dealer. 

The FBI said it would not conduct the background checks because, among other reasons, a state cannot enforce how federal resources are used.