It’s been illegal to carry a toy gun on the Las Vegas Strip since 2012, when Clark County commissioners passed an ordinance banning “dangerous objects” from the Strip.
The ban, intended to make the sidewalks safer, prohibited flame throwers, blades over three-inches long and toy guns.
But what it didn’t prohibit was real guns.
Nevada has some of the loosest gun laws in the county — and Nevada state law bars cities, towns and counties from passing their own gun laws, according to VICE News, though municipalities may set restrictions on where guns are discharged.
After the most deadly mass shooting in modern U.S. history left at least 58 dead at a Las Vegas music festival late Sunday, there’s been increased scrutiny on Nevada’s gun laws.
Police say the suspected shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, had a trove of 19 rifles with him in the 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay hotel room he was shooting from — two of which were on tripods at the window. He sent a torrent of bullets into a crowd of 22,000 enjoying a Jason Aldean performance, injuring hundreds and sending thousands of horrified concert-goers running for safety.
Don Turner, president of the state’s NRA affiliate, the Nevada Firearms Coalition, told VICE News in an interview Monday morning that the state has among the least restrictive gun laws in the country. But he added that “when someone has that kind of mentality, it doesn’t matter what kind of laws you…