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New Mexico: Senate Concurs on New York-Style Gun Control Legislation, Sends to the Governor’s Desk

Thursday, March 7, 2019

New Mexico: Senate Concurs on New York-Style Gun Control Legislation, Sends to the Governor’s Desk

Yesterday, the New Mexico Senate concurred on legislation to criminalize almost all private sales of firearms, Senate Bill 8.  Senate Bill 8 now heads to the desk of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for her signature.  Please contact Governor Lujan Grisham and strongly urge her to VETO Senate Bill 8.


Senate Bill 8, so-called "universal” background check legislation sponsored by Senators Richard Martinez (D) and Peter Wirth (D), would ban almost all private firearms sales between law-abiding individuals. Gun owners would be forced to pay fees and obtain government approval before selling firearms to friends, neighbors, co-workers, fellow hunters, competitive shooters or gun club members. This proposal would have no impact on crime and is unenforceable without gun registration.  As amended, Senate Bill 8 now requires that all federal firearm licensees perform these background checks.  30 out of 33 New Mexico Sheriffs oppose this legislation.

Again, please contact Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and strongly urge her to VETO Senate Bill 8 when it gets to her desk.

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