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Lawsuit Filed in Nevada to Enforce Expanding Background Checks for Gun Buyers

A group behind a ballot initiative that Nevada voters approved last year expanding gun background checks to unlicensed dealers is suing the governor and attorney general to try to make them enforce it.

The measure mandating FBI background checks on private-party gun sales passed by less than 1 percentage point in November after Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed a similar measure in 2013.

Attorney General Adam Laxalt has maintained the new law can't be enforced after the FBI advised in December it wants Nevada's Department of Public Safety to conduct the checks itself in the same way it does for commercial sales by licensed gun dealers.

Nevadans for Background Checks filed the new lawsuit Thursday in Clark County District Court. It argues the ballot measure effectively changed the state system to dictate that the FBI handle the background checks.