September 29: Town Hall Forum and Panel Discussion on Question 1, the state ballot initiative to extend firearm background checks
As the November 8 election approaches, The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is hosting a Town Hall Forum and Panel Discussion on Ballot Question 1, the state ballot initiative proposing to expand firearm background checks to include private party sales. More information on the ballot initiative can be found here.
The event is set for Thursday, September 29, at 7 p.m. in the Museum’s historic courtroom. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
“One of the most important duties a museum performs is to facilitate dialogue about issues that relate to its subject matter and directly impact people’s lives,” said Jonathan Ullman, executive director and CEO, The Mob Museum. “This event presents an opportunity for members of the community to understand the upcoming ballot initiative more thoroughly while participating in a civil and detailed discussion.”
Panelists representing both sides of the issue will explain what the initiative means and why they are or are not in favor of its passage. Town Hall panelists will include:
- Stavros S. Anthony, Las Vegas City Councilman
- Jennifer Crowe, spokesperson for Nevadans for Background Checks
- Dan Reid, NRA State Legislative Liaison
- William Sousa, professor and director of the Center for Crime and Justice Policy at UNLV
- Steve Wolfson, Clark County District Attorney
The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Sondra Cosgrove, CSN history professor and local leader of the League of Women Voters. A thirty-year Las Vegas resident, she received a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with areas of specialization in the U.S. West, Native American History, and Latin America. Currently, Cosgrove is a full-time history professor at the College of Southern Nevada and is actively involved in college and community service. She serves as chair of the CSN Native American Alliance and co-chair of the CSN Women’s Alliance. As the President of the non-partisan League Of Women Voters of Las Vegas Valley she engages in voter registration and education as well as advocacy for important League legislative priorities.
“In line with the Museum’s Core Value of Commitment to Community, we feel it important to host a balanced panel of local experts who will frame the issue and provide a public forum for questions and answers,” explains Kimberly Kindig, director of strategic partnerships, The Mob Museum.
Ballot Question 1 reads:
“Shall Chapter 202 of the Nevada Revised Statutes be amended to prohibit, except in certain circumstances, a person from selling or transferring a firearm to another person unless a federally-licensed dealer first conducts a federal background check on the potential buyer or transferee?”
There is no charge to enter the Museum if attending this event but reservations must be made in advance. The event is free for Nevada residents only. UPDATE: This event is sold out
Voter registration will be available. Citizens will be able to ask questions in person or by submitting them via social media channels.
The Mob Museum will be streaming via Facebook Live for the event and is open for questions. The event will also be live tweeted using #mobmuseumtownhall. Follow us on Twitter: @themobmuseum.
The event also will be livestreamed by clicking HERE the evening of the event.