Gun-control bill clears House

Gun-control bill clears House

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From right, Representative Rod Montoya – (R) – Minority Whip, Representative Rebecca Dow – (R), and Representative Martin R. Zamora – (R) watch as votes roll in on a proposed amendment on SB 5 on Thursday February 13, 2020. …Photo by Luke E. Montavon/The New Mexican After weeks of heated testimony, the last legislative debate on a contentious gun-control bill played out with little drama Thursday night on the House floor. But there was a moment late in the proceedings when Rep. Antonio "Moe" Maestas choked up with emotion. The Albuquerque Democrat described his wife’s 41-year-old cousin, Celena Alarid, sticking a gun in her mouth and pulling the trigger. "She went to heaven sooner rather than later," he said. But much of the three-hour debate over Senate Bill 5 played out like a piece of lackluster theater — one in which everyone involved knew their lines, everyone was tired of saying them and the final scene was very easy to predict. The House voted 39-31 Thursday night to approve the so-called "red-flag" bill, which will allow law enforcement to petition for a court order to take away a person’s firearms. A judge would require the person to give up their guns for 10 days — an order that could be extended to one year — if probable cause is found that the person poses a threat to themselves or others. The vote did not fall strictly along party lines. Seven Democrats — Harry Garcia of Grants, Raymundo Lara of […]

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