Gun control bills: They’re being filed but is there a chance?

Not with a bang but a whimper … That’s how poet E.E. Cummings might have described the likely fate of several gun bills that have been prefiled for the upcoming legislative session. Even though we now have a Democratic governor who might actually sign such legislation and even though Democrats control both chambers of the Legislature — the House by the biggest margin they’ve had in years — it’s hard to imagine any of the eight gun bills I’ve seen so far making it to the desk of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. And while I say that she might sign some of those bills, the gun issue doesn’t seem to be at the top of the governor’s list of priorities. As my colleague Andrew Oxford recently noted, Lujan Grisham made no mention of the issue in her Jan. 1 inauguration speech. Among the prefiled firearms bills are: House Bill 8, concerning background checks for firearm sales (Rep. Debra Sariñana, D-Albuquerque). HB 35, which would require firearms licensees who buy a gun to request the state Department of Public Safety check to see whether the gun was stolen (Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque). HB 40, related to gun show background checks (also Garcia). HB 87, related to domestic violence and firearm possession (Rep. Deborah Armstrong, D-Albuquerque). HB 105, which would increase penalty enhancements for those convicted of crimes involving firearms (Rep. Bill Rehm, R-Albuquerque). HB 130, which would add firearms crimes and penalties (Rep. Linda Trujillo, D-Santa Fe). Senate Bill 8, […]

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