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In The Latest News Of LeBron James
LeBron James addressed the recent University of Nevada, Las Vegas mass shooting, expressing condolences during an NBA In-Season Tournament press conference on Wednesday (Dec. 6).
“My brother from back home texted me and told me to be safe out here. I heard about [the] shooting at UNLV. My condolences to the families that lost loved ones,” the Lakers franchise player said. “Just goes back to what I said before about guns in America. I think it’s such a longer conversation. We’re the only ones who keep dealing with the same story, the same conversation every single time it happens. And it just continues to happen.”
Shortly before noon, authorities responded to reports of a shooter at UNLV’s Frank and Estella Beam Hall and Student Union buildings. According to 8 News Now, the suspected perpetrator, 67-year-old Tony Polito, a former professor, was one of the deceased after engaging in a shootout with officers. There was no given motive.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Kevin McMahill expressed concern for the students, stating,
“We watched a lot of fear across the faces of those young men and women at UNLV today. It’s unfortunate that they had to live through that, but I’m proud of the first responders for getting over there.”
During his press run, James continued saying,
“The ability to get a gun, the ability to do these things over, and over, and over, and there’s been no change is just literally ridiculous. It makes no sense that we continue to lose innocent lives on campuses, on schools, at shopping markets, and movie theaters and all types of stuff. It’s just ridiculous, and the fact that we haven’t changed anything. It’s actually been a lot easier to be able to own a firearm. It’s stupid.”
Gun Laws in Nevada
Nevada permits open carry of firearms without licensing, but concealed carry requires a CCW permit. Prohibited locations include schools, child care facilities, VA facilities, airports, and government buildings. Violating firearm laws, such as using a firearm in a crime or being a felon in possession, results in severe prison sentences. Some offenses, like brandishing a firearm or possessing one under the influence, may incur fines. Background checks are mandatory for all gun sales in Nevada. Losing gun rights may be reversible through a pardon, but exceptions exist. Children under 18 generally cannot possess guns, and immigrants convicted of firearm crimes face potential deportation.