Almost All Gun Sales Will Now Require Background Checks in New Mexico

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By Andrew Oxford Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation Friday requiring background checks for virtually all firearm sales in New Mexico. The bill has been a priority for gun control advocates, who argue the measure merely closes a loophole in state law and will help keep weapons out of the hands of people barred from owning firearms. In Texas and Beyond, Loopholes Let Domestic Abusers Own Guns A Growing Response to School Shootings: Panic Buttons — on Phones In Wake of Parkland and Pittsburgh Shootings, Washington Voters Pass Comprehensive Gun Control But gun rights groups have argued the law will do little to prevent crime. Instead, critics contend it infringes on Second Amendment rights. Republicans have announced they will circulate petitions to put a proposal for repealing the law to a statewide vote. Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, dismissed the criticism Friday. "It’s clear to me that the NRA isn’t going to stop trying to meddle in making this a safer state," she told reporters, referring to the National Rifle Association, which opposes the bill. And as for the argument that the bill limits constitutional rights, the governor countered: "We all have a constitutional right to be safe in our homes and our communities." While those holding federal firearm licenses — including people who own gun stores — by law must conduct background checks whenever they sell a gun, there currently are no such requirements for sales between private individuals. Senate Bill 8, which will take effect in July, makes […]

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