Response from Doug Gillespie's office, Lieutenant Tom Roberts, Director, Office of Intergovernmental Services Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Dear Mr. bobernet
Sheriff Gillespie has received your email regarding the Nevada CCW permit process and he has asked me to respond to you
in his behalf.
The vision of LVMPD is "To Be Safest Community in America". One of our Department goals is to "Initiate Timely and
Open Communication". Open dialogue and feedback between LVMPD and the citizens of Clark County, like yourself,
assists us in achieving this goal and ultimately our vision. We appreciate the time that you have taken to voice your
concerns and hope that this reply answers your questions.
The exempt status of Nevada CCW holders from Brady checks was not an issue in Nevada until an audit revealed that
Nevada's CCW Laws and processes did not include the required checks under the Brady Law. As you may already be aware,
during the 2007 Nevada Legislature, Assembly bill 21 was sponsored by the Nevada Sheriff's and Chief's association in an
effort to bring Nevada's Law into compliance with the requirement under the Brady Law. Unfortunately this bill was not
passed and as a result, Nevada CCW permit holders would no longer be exempt from the checks required by Law. The
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) notified all Federal Firearms Licensees that this was to take
effect July 1, 2008.
We are confindent that if another audit was performed by the BATFE, LVMPD CCW background investigations would be found
to be in full compliance with Brady Law (as they were during the original audit). However, it is unclear if a
favorable audit, without changes to Nevada Law, would be enough to reverse the BATFE's decision.
As the Sheriff of Clark County and head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Sheriff Gillespie is an active
member of the Nevada Sheriff's and Chief's Association. Although, he has only one vote, he has assured me that if
this item is brought up at the next meeting, the position of LVMPD would be to support another audit by the BATFE.