Gun Control Has Failed New Mexicans

Gun Control Has Failed New Mexicans

Dear New Mexico NRA Member: Last week marked the two-year anniversary of New Mexico’s ban on private firearm transfers, otherwise known as the state’s "universal background check" scheme, taking effect. That law and the subsequent red flag firearms surrender bill passed in 2020 have been abject failures at controlling crime in the Land of Enchantment. NRA-ILA and law enforcement warned state lawmakers that these misguided proposals would not impact criminals and would only result in less freedom for the law-abiding. This excellent opinion piece written by Zac Fort, president of the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association (NRA’s state affiliate), says it all. NRA-ILA remains committed to working alongside NMSSA and New Mexico gun owners to fight against any further restrictions on your rights by anti-gun politicians at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, or in your cities and towns. Gun Control Has Failed New Mexicans Two years have now passed since the first of several hotly debated gun-control bills passed in Santa Fe. When these gun-control bills were passed, we were told by supporters that these laws were “proven” to reduce violent crime and homicides. But what has actually transpired since? Quite the opposite. Per the FBI, the homicide rate in New Mexico sharply rose in 2019 – the latest year of data available. That was the year the gun-control law criminalizing private firearm sales went into effect. The City of Albuquerque saw a record number of homicides in 2019. In 2020, homicides in Albuquerque were only slightly below the […]

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