Gun control likely to remain an issue in 2020 election

Gun control likely to remain an issue in 2020 election

Gun Rights

The debate over gun safety got heated during the recently concluded legislative session in Santa Fe, and it’s likely to carry over to campaigns for New Mexico’s congressional seats in 2020. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M. – who is seeking fellow Democrat Tom Udall’s Senate seat – called the passing of gun reform legislation in the U.S. House a significant achievement even though the bills won’t likely make it out of the Senate. “It’s the first time a house of Congress addressed gun violence in 25 years,” Luján said, noting that something needed to be done to try to prevent mass shootings that have occurred “at concerts, in schools and churches.” The New Mexico Shooting Sports Association was critical of U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small’s support for one of the bills and urged people to attend Torres Small’s town hall meeting last Saturday. It cited the opposition of sheriffs in the 2nd Congressional District. Backed by the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association, 25 of the state’s 33 counties approved so-called Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions. Despite the opposition, Luján, Torres Small and U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland voted for a background checks law that would close loopholes in gun show sales. Luján and Haaland also supported extending the waiting period from three to 10 days for would-be gun buyers at gun shows who don’t quickly pass a federal background check. Torres Small voted against the bill. Luján said he was aware of the Second Amendment sanctuary movement and opposition to gun […]

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