Firearms bills target 3D printers, red flag law

Firearms bills target 3D printers, red flag law

Jesus Saiz, from Las Vegas, carries a rifle as he takes part in a gun rights rally outside the Roundhouse in Santa Fe last year. The Capitol is closed to the public this year as lawmakers take up firearms legislation. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal) SANTA FE — New Mexico legislators on Tuesday plunged into their first big firearms debate this session as a House committee took up proposals to revise the state’s red flag law and ban the making of guns with 3D printers. The 3D-printing proposal passed on a 3-2 vote and must clear two more House committees before it can reach the House floor. Lawmakers took no action on the red flag bill, but they accepted public testimony and scheduled it for consideration Saturday. Tuesday’s online hearing ignited familiar arguments, but in a new format. Rather than gun owners rallying outside and carrying their firearms into the Roundhouse, the debate played out over three hours on the Zoom webconferencing program, with people raising their digital hands and taking turns speaking for 1 minute each. Lawmakers are doing much of this year’s work online, as the Capitol is closed to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Opponents of the firearms bills — who made up a majority of the audience, according to an online poll conducted during the meeting — repeatedly accused Democratic lawmakers of pushing to infringe on Second Amendment rights and enact laws that criminals will just ignore. “It’s just another slap in the face to the […]

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