Clark County Commissioners and representatives from the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund turned the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign orange today in support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
"Every day more than 100 Americans lose their lives to gun violence," Commissioner Michael Naft said. "We must come together to encourage the safe use and storage of firearms."
"It is important to honor and remember the victims of gun violence," Commissioner Justin Jones said. "We must do more to help keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous people, and encourage safe and responsible gun ownership."
County Commissioners and representatives from the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund turned on orange light bulbs installed on the world-famous Welcome sign during a brief ceremony in front of the sign today. The officials also called upon residents to wear orange today and during the next few days in support of this effort.
Orange is the color that 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton's friends wore in her honor after she was shot and killed in Chicago in 2013. Orange is also the color that many hunters wear in the woods to make themselves more visible to other hunters and help prevent them from being accidentally shot.
The light bulbs, which are usually yellow, surround the border of the sign. Like the famed Las Vegas Strip, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is in unincorporated Clark County.