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Nevada Guard Emphasizes Activation Is Not `Martial Law'

RENO, Nev. (AP) — State and federal officials are finalizing details of the role Nevada's National Guard will play in the statewide response to the coronavirus.

They're emphasizing the mission won't include enforcing martial law. Gen. Mike Hanifan took to social media to dispel what he said was a rumor that Gov. Steve Sisolak's activation of the Guard this week means he's invoking martial law.

Hanifan says martial law is defined as law administered by military force. He says the governor has not handed over law enforcement powers to the National Guard.

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Sisolak says he activated the Guard primarily for logistical planning and delivery of medical supplies.