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The Latest: Senate approves anti-discrimination amendment

June 2, 2019

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the Nevada Legislature (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Nevada Senators have overwhelmingly approved a proposal to amend the state Constitution to bar discrimination based on sex, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and other traits.

If approved by the Legislature this year, the bill will have to be passed again by lawmakers in 2021 and then approved by voters in an election before the Constitution is amended.

Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro sponsors the measure and said it’s “a constitutional right for people to be equal under the law.”

Sen. Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, was one of three lawmakers to vote against it. The senator said he considered the bill “potentially a very dangerous thing” and said the protections for gender identity would harm women by allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports.

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1:30 p.m.

Nevada lawmakers have given final approval to a firearm safety bill offering a way to take guns away from a person considered to be at risk for violence.

The Assembly on Saturday approved the legislation mostly along party lines, sending it to the desk of Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, who campaigned on tougher gun laws last year.

Democrats arguing in support of the measure say it would help prevent mass shootings and suicides. Republican lawmakers and opponents have argued the legislation is too broad and unconstitutional.

The so-called “red flag” provisions allow authorities or family members to seek a court order to take firearms from a person who poses a danger to themselves or others.

The bill also bans bump stock devices that mimic fully automatic gunfire, which were used in the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting.

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