Legislation would make ghost guns illegal in New Mexico

Legislation would make ghost guns illegal in New Mexico

Southern New Mexico Journalism Collaborative LAS CRUCES – Legislation to outlaw so-called ghost guns in New Mexico is advancing in the state House of Representatives, over the objection of gun owners who say it would violate both the first and second amendments. House Bill 166 would make it a fourth-degree felony for anybody other than a licensed firearms dealer to use a three-dimensional printer to make guns or gun parts. It would also make it illegal to distribute instructions on how to use a 3-D printer to manufacture a gun; and to sell, possess or transfer any gun or gun parts made in violation of the law. Ghost guns are weapons that can be manufactured with a 3-D printer using materials that can pass through metal detectors and that have no serial numbers or registration information. Bill sponsor Rep. Tara Lujan, D-Santa Fe, said ghost guns represent a new threat to public safety that needs to be addressed, noting that New Mexico has the eighth-highest rate of gun deaths in the nation. “This is an unregulated area, and we’re looking to bring it into the day and age we live in right now,” she said. “Ghost guns are absolutely intended to be what they are called, ghost guns,” added Rep. Andrea Romero, D-Santa Fe. “They cannot be detected by metal detectors in public places. This is seeking to keep up with technology that’s ever-changing and protecting our communities.” But opponents of the bill, who were often difficult to identify […]

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