At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 others injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival across the street from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, authorities said.
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As Linda Green stood behind police tape and gazed at the Mandalay Bay hotel, she thought about the months ahead — the sadness, the healing, the push for gun control legislation.
“This event will change everything,” said the 72-year-old retiree and longtime resident of Las Vegas. “Once everything settles I think we will revisit this gun control thing.”
Even before a gunman opened fire from the 32nd story of the hotel onto an outdoor country music festival, killing at least 59 people and leaving more than 500 injured, Nevadans were accustomed to political battles over gun control.
The state allows open carrying of firearms and honors concealed-weapon permits from nearly two dozen states.
But in recent years, as proposed gun restrictions have fizzled out in Congress, residents here have been receptive to state legislation imposing certain limitations. This sets Nevada apart from some of its Western neighbors — including Arizona, Utah and Idaho — where 2nd Amendment rights are rarely challenged.