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Brooks attempts to buy rifle, explains himself to FOX5

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Another twist in the ongoing saga of embattled Assemblyman Steven Brooks.

Thursday night at a Scheels sporting goods store in Sparks, Brooks attempted to buy a rifle.

He was denied immediate purchase because the Nevada Department of Public Safety requires a background check taking three business days.

But it certainly caught the attention of law enforcement in the northern part of the state.

"Certainly the fact that there is information that he attempted to buy a weapon is something that concerns me," Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said. "At this point in time, we feel like we have our arms around it, and the threat level has diminished somewhat, but it's a situation we're staying on top of very carefully."

In a phone conversation with FOX5, Brooks said he wanted to see if his second amendment rights were taken away, but that he didn't pay the $25 background check fee.

Brooks said, "I'm a fool, but I'm not a damn fool. I know what I can or can't do."  

FOX5 Political Analyst Mitch Fox says the committee determining whether Brooks is fit to serve has to proceed with caution.

"They want to make sure that their I's are dotted and T's are crossed legally," Fox said. "And as they pursue this in the select committee, they have to be very, very certain that they've got the evidence, that's it's empirically based."

When asked if he would defend himself to the committee, Brooks called it a "kangaroo court" saying he'll wait to see them in a real court.

Brooks added that he's being unfairly harassed and that he is in fear for his life.

He refused to talk about his health, either physical or mental, and then abruptly ended the phone call.

The investigative committee does not have another hearing set because they are giving the legal team time to produce an airtight case to ward off legal challenges.

Should the select committee recommend expulsion, it would have to be approved by a two-thirds vote of the entire assembly body.

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