In the four years since the worst mass shooting in modern American history, Nevada has made incredible strides in passing gun safety laws, that progress must continue.
Washington, D.C., October 1, 2021 - On the fourth anniversary of the 1 October mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in 2017, Brady calls for action to prevent gun violence in all of its forms. In the four years since this mass shooting, Nevada’s legislature has implemented common-sense reforms such as expanded and strengthened background checks, an extreme risk law, and just this year a ban on ghost guns. This marked progress demonstrates the appetite across the state to pass life-saving laws, progress that the legislature can continue to build on. Policies such as ensuring that those convicted of a hate crime cannot possess a firearm and a prohibition on assault-style weapons are common-sense, will help keep Nevadans safe, and should be considered and passed in the next legislative session.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“There has been incredible progress passing common-sense gun safety laws in Nevada since the horrific shooting on 1 October, 2017. There can be no question that the laws passed are already and will continue to save lives and make Nevada safer. But, this momentum cannot end and today’s anniversary must be a clarion call for advocates and leaders across the state to double down on passing life-saving gun violence prevention policies. Actions such as banning weapons of war in Nevada will help to keep Nevadans safe from mass shootings, while a prohibition on those convicted of a hate crime from possessing a firearm will stop the threat of weaponized hate. These are common-sense policies and Brady urges the Nevada legislature to take them up and pass them when they resume session in 2022.”
Battle Born Progress Executive Director Annette Magnus shared:
“On the fourth anniversary of 1 October our thoughts are with the victims and survivors. The trauma they have endured is unspeakable. We have seen survivors come together and rise above this tragedy in ways we never thought possible. Advocates have worked tirelessly to implement policies that will address gun violence in a meaningful way. Some of our elected leaders have stood as champions by introducing federal and state legislation to stop the epidemic of gun violence. We commend Congresswoman Dina Titus, Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui and others who have shown us they are serious about solving this issue. Our lives have not been the same since October 1st, 2017. This tragedy forever changed Nevada and the Las Vegas community. But through it, we have pushed back against gun lobby lies and fear mongering to take real steps to keep our community safe. We are committed to ending this epidemic through meaningful policies that address the most pressing issues of gun violence in Nevada communities."
About Nevada’s Ban on Ghost Guns:
Nevada’s law banning ghost guns was passed in May 2021 and signed by Governor Steve Sisolak in June 2021. The law will prohibit an individual from possessing, selling, transferring, or purchasing an unfinished frame or receiver, which can be easily assembled into a ghost gun. The law will likewise ban the possession of existing ghost guns beginning in January 2022 and includes common-sense carve outs such as an exception for firearms importers or manufacturers and for certain types of firearms including those rendered permanently inoperable, antiques or collector’s items, such as for hobbyists or collectors.
About the October 1, Mass Shooting in Las Vegas:
On October 1, 2017, a shooter opened fire on a crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, firing over 1,000 rounds of ammunition from his room in the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The shooting lasted approximately 10 minutes, killing 58 people and injuring 411. It remains the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
In the four years since, that death toll has increased, as two additional victims who were injured that night died from their injuries. In total, 60 people died from gun violence in this attack and 867 were injured during the attack, 411 by gunfire.
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.