With some of the most laid-back gun regulations in the nation, Nevada’s legislative position is coming under review in the wash of the worst mass shooting in American history on October 1, 2017.
State law does not demand weapon possessors to have permits or record their guns and does not restrict the quantity of guns a person may own. Automatic assault rifles and machine guns are also allowed just so they are on the books and maintained in deference to Washington, says the National Rifle Association.
The state does not ban the transferal or ownership of assault weapons, 50-caliber rifles or high-capacity ammo magazines. Local law authorities issue concealed handgun permits. Openly carrying a weapon anywhere is legal without a license.
While politicians talk, guns continue to make news.
Calvin Hodges idolized Stephen Paddock, the Route 91 Harvest gunman in Las Vegas.
Hodges, 23, told friends at a church in Las Vegas the was planning on “something big.” That statement got him indicted on terrorism charges. His attorney, Malcolm Lavergne, says the defendant requires mental health care.
According to Lavergne, Hodges boasted during a ‘spiritual healing’ evening Bible study at Mountaintop Faith Ministries. “This man [Hodges] was speaking with church leaders, trying to restore his soul and was merely expressing the thoughts of his heart,” added Lavergne, who is also representing O.J. Simpson.
According to family and friends, Hodges, known as ‘Cal,’ to friends, visited the mission numerous times before making the statement.
“He was attending to his own business and attended a service,” Lavergne said. “He wasn’t shouting out to members — he didn’t interrupt the service.”
Law enforcement saw it differently.
There were more than 40 people in the building when Hodges declared Stephen Paddock the most ‘glorious mass shooter in history.’
“The individual is a threat to the area,” Deputy District Attorney Michael Dickerson said about Hodges. Law enforcement labeled Hodges a transient and agreed Hodges struggles with mental health difficulties.
If convicted, Hodges is looking at up to two-decades behind bars. He was accused of a single count of delivering threats or sharing false information regarding terroristic acts.
Hodges, held on $15,000 bail, and restricted to a mental treatment facility, will receive treatment while waiting for trial.
Las Vegas Metro Police found a diary in Hodges’ car in which he wrote: “Stephen Paddock had taken” his plan on October 1. Hodges also left notes of admiration for Columbine High School killers and had been the subject of numerous suspicious activity reports.
Hodges, who was an amateurish adult film performer who moonlighted as a Lyft cabbie, was fired from the ride-sharing service in May 2016. Lyft executives took out a restraining order against Hodges when he made homicidal threats.
Nevada Gun Laws Are Lax, But Don’t Carry A Weapon While Drunk
A video of a man unconscious in his car and holding an AR 15 has gone viral.
Steven Gibson, a passerby who record the video, said he saw the man slouched over the steering wheel in a McDonald’s parking lot on East Desert Inn Road.
“I knocked on the window, and he never knew I was there,” Gibson told the officer.
Gibson, who called 911 for help, never saw the guns. “Believe me. If I had known it was what it was I never would have banged on the window,” Gibson said.
The video shows several paramedics from MedicWest about the car. When they noticed the guns, they backed away and called law enforcement. When the police arrived, they surrounded the car, opened the driver’s door and removed a handgun and semi-automatic rifle. Then, pulling the man, Jeremy Karsh, from the vehicle, they arrested him.
Karsh, 32, was charged with driving under the influence and three counts of possession of a firearm by an intoxicated person.
Despite having some of the laxest gun laws in the nation, Nevada gun laws do not permit a person to be drunk while in possession of a firearm. Current state laws say a long loaded gun can be carried in the passenger compartment of a vehicle, but only if unloaded. With pistols, there is no law on the books.