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NRA sets up campaign office in Clark County

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Volunteers make phone calls at the Southern Nevada NRA campaign office on Aug. 10, 2016. (Source: FOX5) Volunteers make phone calls at the Southern Nevada NRA campaign office on Aug. 10, 2016. (Source: FOX5)

As the race for the White House heats up, the National Rifle Association is looking to swing battleground states to the right, and there is a great deal of focus on Nevada.

The NRA on Tuesday opened a campaign office in Clark County with the goal of mobilizing voters.

The office is currently staffed with about 50 volunteers. They’re going door to door and making hundreds of calls each day. One of the goals is defeating Nevada’s Question 1.

The measure calls for gun sales to go through licensed dealers, ensuring background checks have been conducted.

Deputy Campaign Director Ryan Hamilton said the majority of Nevada law enforcement doesn’t support Question 1. However, the Las Vegas Fraternal Order of Police does.

“It’s not going to put a stop to things like illegal gun sales. Criminals will be criminals and they’re going to find a way to buy a gun or steal it. All they’re going to do is make it a little bit more difficult,” said David Moody, president of the Las Vegas Fraternal Order of Police. “Just by off chance, it might stop one or two, and if it does, then it succeeded in what it set out to do." 

The NRA opened a similar campaign office in Reno. The goal is to get anyone opposed to gun control to his or her polling place, with the hope that person will vote for Donald Trump.  

“The NRA endorsed Donald Trump because we know Hillary Clinton is hostile to the Second Amendment and does not believe people should own a firearm,” Hamilton said.

The NRA has released an ad airing in Nevada that attacks Clinton’s stance on guns. At a cost of $3 million, it’s the most expensive pro-Trump ad to date.

The office of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval on Wednesday issued the following statement to FOX5 concerning Question 1:

“Consistent with his previous actions on this issue, the governor does not support Question 1. He has concerns that this measure would unnecessarily restrict rights of law abiding Nevadans and that it does not actually address the complex issue of keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals.”

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