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Rural Nevada Sheriffs Balking At Strict Gun Background Law

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two rural Nevada sheriffs are citing the Second Amendment and one is invoking the specter of Nazi Germany in vowing not to enforce a strict new gun background check law just approved by the state Legislature.

Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said Thursday she supports Eureka County Sheriff Jesse Watts in promising to defy the law Gov. Steve Sisolak signed last month.

They join sheriffs in other Western states including Washington and New Mexico vowing to create gun ownership sanctuary areas.

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Wehrly says people in her sprawling county love their guns and don't want the state putting constraints on them.

The law due to go into effect next January requires a background check by a licensed dealer on anyone buying or receiving a gun from an unlicensed person.