Laxalt, Sisolak to Face Off for Nevada Governor

June 13, 2018

A Democrat fighting for gun background check enforcement and a Republican who wants to keep California’s sanctuary immigration policies out of Nevada are facing off in November to replace term-limited Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Democrat and County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said Tuesday night after primary results were finalized that he would work with the FBI to figure out how the state’s voter-approved gun background check law is enforced. Attorney General Adam Laxalt won the Republican gubernatorial primary, and his office issued an opinion that said the law could not be enforced without FBI cooperation.

“My philosophy is you find a way to get it done, not come up with a reason why you can’t do it,” Sisolak said Tuesday night.

Laxalt’s platform includes opposition to sanctuary policies that allow municipalities to decline to participate in federal immigration enforcement. He’s said these types of laws harm public safety, and drew shouts of “no” Monday night when he asked a crowd of his supporters in Las Vegas whether Republicans would let Nevada become a sanctuary state.

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