LAS VEGAS (AP) — A National Rifle Association-backed group is airing its first TV ads featuring the Nevada state attorney general and three sheriffs urging voters to reject a gun-purchase background checks measure on the November statewide ballot.

The ad by NRA Nevadans for Freedom debuted Tuesday.

It features Attorney General Adam Laxalt and sheriffs Ken Furlong of Carson City, Chuck Allen of Washoe County and Gerald Antinoro of Storey County.

They say the measure, Question 1, wouldn’t prevent crime but would criminalize gun ownership.

Proponents, Nevadans for Background Checks, began airing an ad two weeks ago.

It features the president of the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers saying the measure would reduce gun violence and save the police officers’ lives.

They’re accusing the NRA of using “half-truths” to scare law-abiding gun owners.

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