LAS VEGAS (AP) — The National Rifle Association is stepping up its fight against a Nevada ballot question that would create a universal background check for gun purchases in the state.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that NRA Nevadans for Freedom is opening a campaign field office in Las Vegas next week that will be dedicated to defeating Question 1.

The Nevada Background Checks for Gun Purchases Initiative, if approved in November, would require background checks through a licensed gun dealer when most firearms change hands.

A licensed dealer would be allowed to charge a fee for a background check.

The NRA will sue the office to call Nevada voters and for other organizing efforts.

Supporters say the measure closes a legal loophole to keep criminals from getting firearms.

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