I've lived in Nevada for a bit over a year now and am somewhat ignorant about the politics here. I'm proud that Reid stood up for us and voted no on the awb renewal amendment today. Although I usually vote republican, I am open minded to good pols from the democratic side. What, in your opinions, are his stances on issues like land, mining, taxes, tort reform and other issues.
i like th situation that reid is trying to get this gas price thing checke out. Gas prices are at record highs, yet oil companies are record 300% profit. i dont like that.
Harry Reid did indeed vote to kill the AWB today, as did Senator Ensign. I also want to check out how he voted on the other amendments and on the final bill.
Good job Sen Reid......however, I occasionally like to strap and "evil assault weapon" to a 4-wheeler rack and get out of the city, and if the good Sen Reid has his way I will have to leave my atv in the back of the pick-up because all of the back country roads will soon be closed. Just keep an eye on him.....he is slippery.
I really do dislike paying taxes, but I do pay them. It's when someone says I can't buy this, go there or own this that I really feel as if my liberties have been directly violated.
Closing public access to public lands is a big issue for me.
Reid is a Dem, but is solidly Pro-2A. Nevada is good like that.
I wish there were more Dems like him... then I might be able to get on board with some of their social programs, like: ammo stamps, surplus military weapons for the inner city and underpriveledged, publicly funded shooting ranges (don't laugh, he's doing the last one).
Reid voted against the renewal of the AWB amendment but he voted for the "gunshow loophole" amendment.
His email back to me:
Thank you for your kind remarks regarding my support for the
Lawful Commerce Protection Act (S. 659/ S. 1806). I am strongly committed
to defending your Second Amendment rights, and I appreciate hearing
As you know, I am a cosponsor of this legislation, which would
protect firearm and ammunition manufacturers from lawsuits related to
deliberate and illegal misuse of their products. I voted against a
filibuster of this important legislation and against several anti-gun
amendments, including the reauthorization of the assault weapons ban.
Regrettably, several anti-gun amendments, including the assault weapons ban
reauthorization, were successfully attached to S. 1805. As a result, I
could not support the final version of S. 1805, and the measure failed
to pass by a vote of 90-8. Please be assured that I will continue
working to pass gun liability protection legislation before the end of the
As a gun owner, I believe that law abiding citizens have a
constitutional right to keep and bear arms. We must work to protect this
right by enforcing gun safety laws that keep guns away from terrorists,
criminals, and illegal immigrants. The rights of responsible gun owners
should not be compromised by individuals who use firearms to commit
crimes. The vast majority of Nevadan gun owners use their guns safely,
and I will work in a bipartisan fashion to preserve their rights.
Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with
me. For more information about my work for Nevada, my role in the
United States Senate Leadership, or to subscribe to regular e-mail updates
on the issues that interest you, please visit my Web site at
http://reid.senate.gov. I look forward to hearing from you in the near
My best wishes to you.
United States Senator
Sounds good to me, I like the part where he mentioned illegal aliens.
Couldn't care less.
I don't care how "Pro-gun" Reid is, he is still a Democrat and will fight tooth and nail to keep pro-gun judges from the bench including the Supreme Court. We have enough trouble keeping the "Moderate" Republicans in the Senate in line.
Reid has to go and I hope everyone will donate time and money to the Republican nominee in November.
So some asshole like Mccain with a "R" by his name is better than a pro gunner with a "D" by his name who is clearly condemning illegal aliens???
To be honest, I don't know who I am going to vote for yet because I don't know who the "R" is going to be but I want to know if you EVER cross party lines because of good policies???
And here's the letter from John Ensign (R). I sent my emails to both Reid and Ensign on the same day.
This is an official communication from the Office of Senator John
Any tampering or alteration of this communication is prohibited and may
result in criminal investigation or prosecution.
March 24, 2004
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
Dear Mr. Chiz:
Thank you for contacting me regarding S. 1805, the Protection of
Commerce in Arms Act. I value the opinions of every Nevadan and am
grateful to those who take the time to inform me of their views.
You will be pleased to know that I am strong supporter of S. 1805. As
you know, this legislation would ensure that gun manufacturers and gun
sellers could not be sued in civil court based on someone else's
use of a firearm. At least 33 municipalities, counties, and states
sued gun makers since 1998, stating that manufacturers allowed weapons
fall into the hands of criminals through lax distribution policies and
irresponsible marketing. Most of these lawsuits have been thrown out
court because of a lack of direct evidence against those companies. In
fact, 26 states have enacted legislation to prevent these lawsuits.
Unfortunately, I was forced to vote against S. 1805 when the so-called
assault weapons ban and the so-called gun show loophole provisions were
added to it. I opposed the assault weapons ban because the ban has no
rational basis unless the purpose is to undermine the right to keep and
bear arms. Furthermore, the ban on semiautomatic assault weapons or on
large-capacity ammunition-feeding devices has not stopped or reduced
violent crime in our country. I also opposed adding restrictions on
private sales at gun shows because it would have no real effect on the
ability of criminals to obtain guns, but it would likely cause
Americans to innocently violate the law and be prosecuted.
S. 1805 as amended failed to pass the Senate with a 8-90 vote. I hope
will have another chance to pass a gun liability protection bill
restrictions on law-abiding gun owners. I believe that the Second
Amendment to the Constitution must be honored. The Second Amendment is
critical to making sure that the rest of the Bill of Rights is
I hope that we can continue to work on this important legislation to
protect gun manufacturers and gun owners alike without infringing on
Second Amendment to the Constitution.
Once again, thank you for contacting me on this very important issue.
Should you have any other questions or comments or would like to
me in the future regarding another issue, please do not hesitate to
write or e-mail me via my website at http://ensign.senate.gov.
United States Senator
One thing to keep in mind about having a conservative democrat versus a republican. He may not support all the wrong issues himself but he enables those who do. Remember where his votes will be when his party jerks the leash.
As far as Democrats are concerned....
Reid is as good as it's gonna get.
Harry Greed is a piece of crap.
im sorry, but i would rather keep a pro gun democrate and keep the whip. There is to much power, even if it is the minority whip.
My problem is that Bush said he would sign the extension to the AWB. isnt he suppose to be pro guns??
There is no Republican that is going to challenge Reid that is nearly as pro-gun than him. He voted no to the AWB both times...from his website...
Reid Hails $15 Million In Federal Funding For Clark County Shooting Range
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Washington, D.C. – Senator Harry Reid announced today that $15 million from the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act Special Account has been allocated to begin the construction of the Clark County Shooting Range.
The shooting range was recognized by a community-based working group as one of the highest priorities for expenditures of the Special Account. The U.S. Secretary of the Interior will review the working group recommendations this summer.
"I appreciate the support that this important project has received from shooting enthusiasts, sportsmen, the BLM and other Nevadans,” said Reid. “I am glad the working group saw fit to recommend the shooting range for funding.”
In 2002, Congress approved Reid's legislation to dedicate 2880 acres of public land for a public shooting range, sports park and firearms training facility in Clark County. Reid championed the cause in response to the rapid loss of safe, traditional shooting areas due to rapid urbanization of the Las Vegas Valley. Passage of Reid's legislation, which enjoyed the bipartisan support of Senator Ensign, Congressman Gibbons and Congresswoman Berkley, led the Bureau of Land Management to transfer ownership of the land for the shooting range to Clark County.
“As the Las Vegas area continues to grow, so does the need for a shooting range to serve as a world class facility for sportsmen’s groups, law enforcement training, and general recreational purposes. This Special Account funding comes at a critical time and will help make this shooting range a reality," Reid added.
I'll cross party lines for this guy.
Statement of Senator Harry Reid in Support of H.R. 2937,
an Act to Convey Land to Clark County, Nevada,
for Use as a Shooting Range
the House Resources Committee
February 14, 2002
Room 1334, Longworth House Office Building
Mr. Chairman, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to tell you about a bill that=s important to the people of Nevada and to me. This bill would transfer about 2,900 acres of public land to Clark County for use as a firearms training facility and recreational shooting range.
As you may be aware, Clark County has grown rapidly over the last few decades: in just the last 12 years, for example, the county=s population has almost doubled, from 770,000 to over 1.4 million. As more and more people have moved into the Las Vegas Valley, land that was once considered the Aback of beyond@ is now practically in people=s backyards. This population growth, in turn, has stressed the land by increasing the demand for traditional public-land uses like hunting, fishing, and recreational target shooting.
There are dozens C maybe hundreds C of makeshift shooting ranges scattered in and around the Las Vegas Valley. Shooting posed little risk when the ranges were located far from town, but as the Valley=s population has continued to surge, activity in these places now endangers nearby homes and increasingly busy roads.
My bill paves the way for a world-class shooting range, sports park, and firearms training facility by conveying 2,880 acres of public land to Clark County. This facility will provide the public with opportunities for education and recreation and provide a location for competitive events and firearms training. Development has also encroached upon facilities operated by the Metropolitan Police Department and North Las Vegas Police Department. The proposed new facility could also accommodate law enforcement training for firearms qualification and certification.
Given the growing demand for safe places to shoot, it=s important that the area be large enough to provide for public safety, not to mention the safety of the shooters themselves. I feel that this parcel is sufficient to make sure that shooting can take place without endangering the surrounding communities or the participants. The most important way to ensure a high degree of safety is to provide a significant buffer on all sides of the range.
I strongly believe that a facility of this kind will provide significant public benefit. By establishing a world-class shooting range in the Las Vegas Valley, this bill will enhance public safety and provide economic incentives to the Las Vegas Valley in the form of jobs and support services. For these and other reasons, the following organizations and entities support my bill:
$ Clark County Board of Commissioners
$ Clark County Parks and Recreation Department
$ Clark County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
$ City of Henderson City Council
$ Nevada State Senate Majority Leader
$ Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
$ The National Bench Rest Shooters Association
$ International Benchrest Shooters
$ Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
$ USA Shooting: National Governing Body for the Olympic Shooting Sports
$ Las Vegas Trap Shooting Park
$ The International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association
$ Single Action Shooting Society
As the above list shows, I=ve received many letters of support. One that I received from a Boy Scout is particularly compelling. He writes, AMy troop and I are looking forward to using the new shooting range. The range would provide our Troop and other Boy Scouts of America Troops with a safe area in which to earn our Shooting Merit Badges. Thank you for sponsoring this bill and good luck getting it passed.@ With your help today, I hope that we can get this shooting range established to help this Boy Scout and the many other people in Las Vegas Valley who will benefit from it.
Once again, I want to thank you, Mr. Chairman, and the members of this Committee for holding a hearing on this important bill.
Senator Reid is a politician who plays both sides of the fence and can only be trusted to go with what ever way the wind is blowing.
According to Vote-smart.org
Bill Number: HR 3355
Issue: Crime Issues
Senator Harry M. Reid voted YES. (that is for the AWB )
Final passage of the 1994 crime bill, including semi-automatic assault weapon ban and hiring 100,000 new police officers.
Bill Number: S 1241
Issue: Gun Issues
Sponsor: Amendment introduced by Dole, R-KS
Senator Harry M. Reid voted YES.
Vote on an amendment requiring a five business day waiting period before purchasing a handgun.
S 1241: Crime Bill
I really do not care what he puts on the table because there will be strings attached that you really do not want. In looking at his record on guns he is staunchly ANTI-gun and willvote the DEMOCRATIC party line on guncontrol.
When the shooting center goes in, Desert sportsman will close. There will be a total prohibition against shooting in the desert. This prohibition may extend into other counties as well.
Most likely you will have to either be a member or pay outrageous fees to use the facility, along with putting up with range NAZIs.
Is the facility a good thing? It should be but it will be run by CLARK COUNTY POLITICIANS who will be Politically correct.
What that means is no subguns, no military looking firearms, no rapid fire, and only politically correct targets.
How many intrusions do you want?
Who ever is running against him, That is who I will vote for.
It's technically illegal to shoot anywhere in the desert in Clark County now. Desert Sportsman is affiliated with the NRA and I'm sure they won't give it up too easy. The land will never pass zoning for houses I bet because of the sheer amount of lead in the ground, the EPA will fuck that all up for any builder who is eyeing it.
Maybe on non-BLM land but BLM land is open to shooting by statute unless specifically stated otherwise.
Sorta....here it is from Metro, I sent them an email asking them...
From: LVMPD FIREARMS LVMPD FIREARMS <FIREARMS@LVMPD.com>
County ordinance 12.04.230 is very confusing and you have to know where all of the "townships" that are mentioned are located to get the accurate picture..The short answer is that it is NOT illegal to shoot in all places of Clark County but they places where you can shoot are dwindling fast due to the rapid growth. It changes so often that our department will no longer provide locations where you can and can't shoot....Let me know if I can be any more help...
They don't have a clue, beleive me. I called and talked to the firearms division about a year ago and was told, just go out in the where no one can hear you and have fun. I went to the BLM office and got a different answer and was handed a map that labeled "legal" places to shoot.....about 25 miles north on the 95 and off to the east and down in the "pit" area by Sloan. I went to the Nevada Division of wildlife and was told, "as long as you aren't in a National park and not shooting at a protected or seasonal animal, have at it".
I called Metro and told them what I found out........they said, "we don't enforce BLM laws and they don't enforce our laws for us so that is why there is confusion". OOOOKKKK I said, so can I still just go out in the desert and shoot??? They said, "as long as the BLM doesn't catch you, we don't care".
So there you have it, 3 local law enforcement agencies that all have different answers. Depending on who you talk to, you will get a different answer.
They have signs up in the Cheyanne substation that says it is illegal to shoot in the county unless at a range. I used to shoot in the desert but now just go to DS to avoid the hassle, well that and that mine up on 93 which is about 20 miles outside of town.
I simply go by the game laws. At least 1/4 mile from occupied structure and no shooting from or across a road.
But from the sounds of it, there are so many different laws between state and local agencies, so much ambuguity is created that a judjge wouldn't be able to dismiss a case fast enough. ;)
We have it good living in Nevada for gun rights. Our senators are voting as they should and we have lots of desert area to go shooting. By the way, I rec'd the same letter from Reid and Ensign.
I am not suggesting that anyone do anything illegal, but if a tree falls in the forrest and no one hears it, did it make a sound? I mean if you are in the desert, far from civilization, no one is around, and you shoot your gun(s), the law is a nonissue.
Beware of Harry Reid, during election years Happy Harry always makes sure that all the right sound bites are reported to the peon public. It's the damage during the next five years that hurt. Reid DID NOT VOTE AGAINST AN EXTENTION OF THE WEAPONS BAN. He voted against a bill that would protect gun manufacturers from frivalous lawsuits to which, a amendment to extend the ban for ten more years was attached. It was a calculated political move by Harry and the Democrats to add what is called a "Poison Pill" to a good bill because they knew the real 2nd amendment rights supporters would not let tht pass.
Dont get "township", "city limits" and "county" confused. Just because it is not legal to shoot inside city limits unless you do so at a designated range, dosent mean you cant legally shoot on public land in clark county.