Vegas prosecutor joins Nevada gun background checks lawsuit

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, right, speaks with KSNV News3LV in this undated photo. 

The district attorney in Las Vegas is joining backers of an expanded gun background check ballot measure who are suing the state to enforce a law approved by Nevada voters in 2016.

Clark County District Court Judge Joe Hardy accepted an agreement Wednesday to allow District Attorney Steve Wolfson to weigh in on a lawsuit calling for the governor and state attorney general to enact the law.

The judge set a Feb. 12 hearing on core questions in the case.

An initiative mandating FBI background checks on private-party gun sales passed by less than 1 percentage point after Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed a similar measure in 2013.

Attorney General Adam Laxalt calls the law unenforceable because the FBI wants Nevada's Department of Public Safety to conduct the checks.

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