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North Las Vegas, Henderson To Consider Domestic Violence Law Changes

North Las Vegas and Henderson are considering adopting laws to sidestep a requirement to provide jury trials in misdemeanor domestic abuse cases where gun ownership rights could be affected.

The proposed ordinances, which are due for votes in the coming days, are nearly identical to a proposed measure in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. 

They would create a misdemeanor domestic violence offense that doesn't require defendants who are found guilty to give up their guns. 

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The moves follow a unanimous Nevada Supreme Court ruling in September that called limiting state and U.S. constitutional rights to own a gun a serious penalty that a jury should decide.

The ruling came in response to a 2015 Nevada state law that bans gun ownership by people found guilty of a misdemeanor such as domestic battery.