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Nevada Republican Challenges Obama

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Jim Wheeler (courtesy Nevada Legislature website)

Jim Wheeler (courtesy Nevada Legislature website)

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(Las Vegas, NV) — Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler doesn’t take kindly to the words of Vice-President Joe Biden and his position on gun control.

Biden was recently quoted as saying “There are executive actions that can be taken and this president will take them.”

That scared the first-term lawmaker from Douglas County prompting him to craft legislation that would protect Nevadans from any Executive Orders by President Obama.

AB 196 requires the Attorney General to commence an action to protect and secure the rights of residents of this State under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution at the direction of the Governor or if the Attorney General determines that those rights have been infringed by an executive order issued by the President of the United States.

Wheeler took offense to the fact that President Obama has attempted to create law in relation to gun control through the nearly two dozen Executive Orders he has crafted.

“No one person in this country can write law. And if this president thinks he can write law through Executive Order, he is sadly mistaken and I don’t think Nevada should follow it,” said Wheeler.

AB 196 is scheduled to be heard Thursday in the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs.

President Barack Obama said he will take these actions by Executive Order:

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant  data available to the federal background-check system.

2. Address  unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may
prevent states from making information available to the background-check  system.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the  background- check system.

4. Direct the attorney general to review  categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous
people are not slipping through the cracks.

5. Propose rulemaking to give  law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual  before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and  Explosives (ATF) to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to  run background checks for private sellers.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

10. Release a Department of Justice report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

11. Nominate an ATF director.

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

15. Direct the attorney general to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun-safety technologies
and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17. Release a letter to healthcare providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

19. Develop model emergency-response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within Affordable Care Act exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental-health parity regulations.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

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