Sheriff’s Office launches initiative to investigate denied firearm transactions

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The Fernley Reporter

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has announced a new initiative to investigate denied attempts to purchase a firearm by prohibited persons.

In April of this year the Sheriff’s Office sent a letter to all Lyon County federal firearm license dealers with a simple request: Whenever a state background check denies any firearm transaction, provide the LCSO with any documentation on the person’s identifiers.

Detectives are currently looking into seven denied transactions to determine the reason for denial. The Sheriff’s Office says if the denial appears to involve a felony crime, the assigned detective will conduct a follow up investigation and take appropriate actions, such as requesting an arrest warrant or seeking a search warrant for more illegally possessed firearms.

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