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NV governor's background check veto draws protest

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Protesters gathered at Sunset Park on Thursday to rally in support of universal firearm background checks. (Jon Castagnino/FOX5) Protesters gathered at Sunset Park on Thursday to rally in support of universal firearm background checks. (Jon Castagnino/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Gov. Brian Sandoval on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have mandated background checks for all gun sales and transfers in the state.

The governor said he felt it would have placed an unnecessary burden on law-abiding citizens and done little to prevent criminals from obtaining guns. 

Some of those who supported the bill gathered at Sunset Park in Las Vegas on Thursday evening to protest the move and honor victims of gun violence.

"To assert that this bill violated the Second Amendment is really a misunderstanding of the law," said State Sen. Justin Jones.

"People who are honest folks have no problem with background check," added State Sen. Pat Spearman.

A group of about 50 people who support expanding background checks for firearms purchases held signs and banners protesting the governor's veto of SB221.

"I really tried to reach across the aisle in order to come up with something that was beneficial for all Nevadans. At the end of the day, Republicans made the decision for political reasons to oppose background check provisions," Jones said.

Many who gathered at the rally said they are gun owners.

"It may not save that many lives, but if it only saves one, that's great, because it may be mine," gun owner B.J. Thomas said.

Sandoval did support expanding the criteria for mental illness, which would prevent those people from becoming gun owners. That was placed in a separate bill that never came to a vote.

The vote on SB221 was divided down party lines. However, four Democrats did vote against it.

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