Background checks work.

Somehow this person got elected.

A lawmaker who has been arrested twice in two months, hospitalized for a mental evaluation and accused of threatening to harm a Democratic Party leader could this week become the first person in Nevada history to be kicked out of the Legislature.

A select committee plans to convene Tuesday evening to recommend whether Assemblyman Steven Brooks, D-Las Vegas, should be allowed to return to his seat in the Legislature, be expelled, censured or otherwise reprimanded.

But here’s the important part of the story.  After being arrested in a car with a rifle and oodles of ammo after making a threat to another politician and again in a domestic disturbance where he threw punches at the police and tried to grab a gun from one of the cops, he tried to purchase another gun later that month.

Brooks was denied permission to buy a rifle Feb. 21 at a sporting goods store in Sparks after the Nevada Department of Public Safety reviewed background forms he had filled out.

For all the people who say background checks won’t keep guns out of the hands of criminals, background checks kept this rifle out of this guy’s hands.  Whether he gets another one somewhere else in the future is undetermined, but he won’t be shooting anyone with the rifle that was refused to him Feb. 21 based on the background check.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • julian

    The problem with background checks is they assume innocence. Unless you’ve shown yourself to be untrustworthy by committing an illegal (or similar) you can get a gun. This is the opposite of what it should be. Even with vehicles we assume someone is untrustworthy until we have proof they can drive (a license or permit) and have insurance. Why are we so lax when it comes to guns?

    • Sids

      I assume because in America, gun ownership is considered a ‘right’ whereas driving is considered a ‘privelege’.

  • pjmaertz

    I can’t understand why anyone is opposed to universal background checks. They are fast and easy, and keep firearms out of the hands of criminals. I can currently go to a gun show and by an assault style rifle from a private seller with cash, and not do any type of background check. Violent felons can do the same thing. This is sensible and easy to implement legislation, but the NRA doesn’t want it, and the NRA always gets what it wants. Hopefully we don’t need a tragedy with a gunshow purchased firearm to make this change.

    • Azkyroth

      I can’t understand why anyone is opposed to universal background checks. They [...] keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.

      I assume that was rhetorical?

  • Loqi

    But it won’t stop every single shooting in the whole country for all of time, therefore we can’t do it. Also socialism, Hitler, and Obama’s birth certificate.
    /NRA logic

    • John Eberhard

      I ‘m spreading this comment without attribution and will pretend that I am the brilliant person who came up with it. Thank you…..I owe you one. :)

      • Loqi

        Just know that I consider this a license for me to do the same.