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Las Vegas Receives $5 Million Counterterrorism Grant

Nevada Congresswoman Says Las Vegas Faces 'Unique Threats'

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Las Vegas is receiving some extra help from the federal government just a handful of months after one of the deadliest shootings in modern American history.

According to Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus, a Democrat, Las Vegas has received a $5 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security to help keep the gambling hub safe from terrorism. The grant was nearly double what Sin City received in the previous fiscal year.

The federal money comes from the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), and it comes as tourism to the gambling hub fell 1.6 percent during the first quarter of 2018.

“This grant is an important investment in the safety and security of the residents of Southern Nevada and the more than 43 million visitors who travel to Las Vegas for work and for play,” said Rep. Titus.

Despite the grant, Titus complained that the “risk validation process used to distribute funds needs to be modernized to recognize the unique threats we face as a world-class destination.”

The Las Vegas metro area has a population of about 2.2 million people. Per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas was able to get extra funding this fiscal year thanks to the tourism numbers being factored into the size of the metro population.

The Oct. 1, 2017 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip left 58 dead and hundreds injured and prompted calls for increased federal counterterrorism funding. That’s despite the mass shooting not being labeled an act of domestic terrorism.

 
 
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