This article originally appeared on watchdog.org.
After universal background check legislation in Nevada was vetoed in 2013, a group connected to billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is back with a petition signature drive to qualify a background check initiative for the 2016 ballot.
The¬†initiative, which would require background checks to be performed by a licensed gun dealer virtually any time a gun changes hands ‚?? even transfers between private parties ‚?? is similar to legislation that passed both the state Senate and Assembly in 2013 but vetoed by Republican Gov.¬†Brian Sandoval.
The 2013 legislation, SB221,¬†was sponsored by state Sen.¬†Justin Jones,¬†D-Las Vegas, who headlined Monday‚??s petition drive launch by¬†Nevadans for Background Checks, which is tied to Bloomberg organizations.
According to its filing with the Nevada Secretary of State,¬†Nevadans for Backgrounds Checks PAC¬†is affiliated with Everytown for Gun Safety. The Everytown organization was formed by a merger between Bloomberg‚??s Mayors Against Illegal Guns and another group.
Though Nevadans for Background Checks shows¬†a Las Vegas address for Everytown, all three of the officers listed on¬†Everytown‚??s NVSoS filing¬†declare the same New York City post office box as their address. All three were also¬†affiliated with the MAIG Action Fund.