(SPARKS, NV Associated Press)– Steven Brooks, the embattled Las Vegas-area state Assemblyman, tried to buy a rifle at a Sparks area sporting goods store Thursday. His attorney tells Associated Press Brooks tried to buy the firearm for recreational purposes and filled out paperwork for a background check, but did not pay a $25 dollar fee to conduct the check.
Brooks had a gun and ammunition when he was arrested earlier this year on a felony charge of making a threat to Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick. The incident began a series of events in Brooks’ life that included at least two hospitalizations for evaluation, a subsequent arrest in a domestic disturbance, and banishment from the Assembly, where fellow Democrats forced Brooks into taking a leave of absence. He’s also under investigation in the Assembly to determine if he is fit for office.
During the arrest in the domestic disturbance in Clark County, Brooks allegedly wrestled with a police officer and at one point shouted “I’ve got your gun”.
Noted Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Marc Saggese tells KXNT that an arrest does not preclude a person from buying a firearm in Nevada. A conviction is another story.
Saggese says background checks require a 72 hour waiting period in Clark County, but no such waiting period is required in most other places in Nevada. And he adds that many gun outlets often waive the $25 fee in the interest of selling the weapon.