The move came in response to a mass shooting in Gilroy during its annual garlic festival last month, where a gunman killed three people and injured at least a dozen others with an assault rifle banned in California but legally sold in Nevada.
In a written statement to KQED Thursday, Frierson indicated that he will not attend a summit with California legislators, while supporting the idea of working with other states on gun violence legislation.
"While I will leave it to California leaders to participate in their summit," he said, "I do welcome collaboration on gun safety issues with colleagues from other states."
Frierson did not respond to further requests asking to clarify whether he was outright rejecting the offer.
His full statement to KQED reads:
I am proud of the work we did in 2019 session to address gun safety, including finally getting background checks on all gun sales, extreme risk protection orders, and more regulations around safely storing fire arms. I remain engaged with Nevadans on issued related to gun safety and recognize I am ultimately accountable to Nevada voters. Sadly gun violence is an epidemic across the country and I believe the best way to ensure we are fully addressing this as a country is by addressing it holistically at the local, state and federal level. While I will leave it to California leaders to participate in their summit, I do welcome collaboration on gun safety issues with colleagues from other states. When we reconvene as a legislature in 2021, I am confident we will be equipped to do advance legislation that reflects the support of Nevadans.
California remains one of the toughest states in the nation to procure a firearm, but the letter notes that the July 28 mass shooting in Gilroy, whose victims included a 6-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, shed light on potential weaknesses, such as guns flowing in from neighboring states.
"While California has enacted numerous gun safety measures," it reads, "this tragedy underscores the need for California to work closely with neighboring states to close loopholes and advance common sense gun safety measures."