In the wake of the Colorado theater massacre, some Nevadans think the tragedy provides more ammunition to pull the trigger on stronger gun laws.
"Colorado has had these gun control issues before and nothing really has been done about it," said Jeremy Filinger, who supports more gun control.
"For someone to buy that amount of weapons and those type of weapons, I think that's really a mass number of weapons for someone in a normal setting to have to buy," said Yolanda Ferguson, who also supports more gun control.
Ferguson would like Congress to revisit a federal assault weapons ban. It's a 1994 law that would have made it more difficult for the alleged suspect, James Holmes, to get a semi-automatic assault rifle used in the killing spree. So far, that law hasn't been renewed. Local lawmakers weighed in.
"We must avoid any knee-jerk reaction in response this terrible act and be careful not to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights," said Sen. Dean Heller.
Rep. Shelley Berkley, who also supports the Second Amendment, said, "Now is not the time for politics. We should be focused on honoring the memory of those who lost their lives in this horrific tragedy."
"Those intent on committing heinous acts of violence will find ways to carry them out," Rep. Joe Heck said.
"There will be time to debate the number of proposals that are out there but right now we should pause to remember those killed and honor how they lived," said Sen. Harry Reid.
Charles McKee is a member of the National Rifle Association. He calls more gun control unnecessary.
"Bad guys need to be treated in court or they need to be treated in mental hospitals," McKee said. "Do not punish the rest of the nation and the Second Amendment for the malfunctions of a few."
The White House said they do not plan to pursue more gun control measures.
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