This year, Bloomberg got a background check initiative onto the ballots of Maine and Nevada. He lost in Maine by 4 percent, and won in Nevada by just 0.8 percent. Bloomberg’s initiative only eked out the win in Nevada because of the $20 million spent to support it, amounting to an incredible $35.30 per vote. He outspent his opponents by a factor of three – in Maine, the $8 million he spent out did the other side by a factor of six. Bloomberg was responsible for more than 90 percent of the money going to support these ballot measures.
Now it turns out that an error in how the initiative was written will prevent it from taking effect. This error was just one example of how poorly word this complicated initiative was. From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
A new Nevada law requiring background checks for private party gun sales was deemed unenforceable Wednesday, days before it was to take effect because the FBI refuses to conduct them and the state lacks authority to do so.
The opinion issued by the office of Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt left gun enthusiasts elated and proponents of background checks reeling from the blow of another setback — the second since 2013 when a bill requiring universal screenings was passed by the Legislature but vetoed by Gov. Brian Sandoval.
Backers are now turning their sights to the 2017 Legislature, while others expressed hope that the state and FBI can work out a compromise.
Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford, D-Las Vegas, said the Senate “will consider legislative solutions this session to ensure that Nevada law is enforced.” The Legislature convenes Feb. 6. . . .
Thus $28 million was spent by Bloomberg on two initiatives this year and neither gets enacted.