Here’s a letter posted on the Elko Daily Free press that I thought you’d
be interested in.
Eureka sheriff on new gun law
February 19, 2019
Dear Governor Sisolak,
I am Sheriff Jesse J. Watts, elected by the citizens of Eureka County,
who entrust me with a noble cause: To keep them and their families safe
and free from becoming victims of criminal activity. My staff and I take
this responsibility very seriously and like you, have taken an oath to
support and defend the constitution of the United States and the State
In wake of recent criminal events and activity, politicians are
attempting to use the death of innocent victims to advocate for laws
that prevent honest, law abiding Nevadans from transferring firearms
between individuals without a background check.
We are Nevadans, but more so, we are Americans. We must not allow, nor
shall we tolerate, the actions of criminals, no matter how heinous the
crimes, to prompt politicians to enact laws that will infringe upon the
liberties of responsible, law abiding citizens who have broken no laws.
This law only keeps the honest people, honest. Criminals by definition
do not follow laws, so please tell me how enacting this law will help
the citizens of Nevada be safer. This law will make our law abiding
citizens jump through unnecessary hoops to transfer ownership of
lawfully owned weapons to friends or others who can legally own them.
We have plenty of laws currently on the books that aren’t being followed
or enforced. We have plenty of opportunities to put true criminals
behind bars, but because of bureaucracy or politically driven agendas,
we cannot. This law is unenforceable by the already thin staff of Nevada
Law Enforcement. You signing this into law does nothing but make it more
difficult for law-abiding citizens to transfer ownership of weapons.
In summary, it is the position of this Sheriff, that I refuse to
participate, or stand idly by, while my citizens are turned into
criminals due to the unconstitutional actions of misguided politicians.
*Jesse J. Watts*