Casino billionaire joins Nevada gun-control push


WASHINGTON — Nevada businesswoman and philanthropist Elaine Wynn has joined the high-profile campaign to curb gun violence in the state.

Wynn, the co-founder of Wynn Resorts, will chair an advisory board that is working to pass a background check initiative that recently qualified for the 2016 ballot. The effort is backed former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.  

The Nevada proposal, which would impose stricter background checks on people buying firearms from private sellers and at gun shows, is part of an effort by Bloomberg and his allies to push gun-control measures at the state level after failing to gain traction on the issue in Congress.

Last year, gun-control groups scored a major victory when voters in Washington state passed an initiative requiring background checks on all sales. The effort had the public support and financial backing of prominent state residents, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Wynn, who co-founded the casino empire with ex-husband Steve Wynn, is a well-known figure in the state and serves as chairwoman of the Nevada State Board of Education. Forbes pegs her wealth at $2 billion.

“Keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill isn’t a political issue; it’s common sense,” Wynn said in a statement released by Nevadans for Background Checks.

The advisory board to Nevadans for Background checks also includes political and religious leaders, such as former Las Vegas mayor Jan Jones Blackhurst.

The National Rifle Association has pledged to fight the Nevada initiative and other state-level efforts to pass stricter gun laws.

2 thoughts on “Casino billionaire joins Nevada gun-control push

  1. Living in this town is like living at the bottom of a sewage pool at the treatment plant. The excrement that makes the rules is more vile than camel spit.Can’t wait to leave, eleven months and counting.

  2. The lady in the photo should either 1) wear a black camisole under her blouse, or 2) not wear a white bra under her black blouse.

    Ladies need to know when they wear a white bra under a black blouse/shirt, and they’re being photographed, that white bra is going to reflect the light right through their outerwear like bright headlights!! Don’t do it! Wear black under black and don’t ruin your photo shoot. [sigh]

    Just one of my pet peeves. 🙄
    . . .

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