New gun law looms over annual show

New gun law looms over annual show

Gun Rights

(Press Staff Photo by Geoffrey Plant) (From left) High Desert Sportsmen Club Secretary Bob Messner checks in with American Legion Riders Hy Weck, Roger Wright, J.D. Sherwood, Tim Maxon and American Legion members Chuck Wenzel and Ray Davis during the High Desert Gun Show on Saturday at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center. A quick, informal survey of attendees to this weekend’s annual High Desert Gun Show at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center proved a hotbed of support for the Second Amendment sanctuary county movement, which Grant County joined two weeks ago. However, folks may be disappointed to hear that the Grant County Sheriff’s Office intends to enforce the universal background check legislation signed into law by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham last week. It’s unclear exactly how New Mexico’s newly passed universal background check law would affect the gun show in the future; also unclear is how law enforcement would be able to be proactive in enforcing the law. Although vendors mostly said sales could have been better, attendance was up from last year, according to Carla Sue Castillo, who was selling tickets for the event’s sponsors, the High Desert Sportsman’s Club. Among the hundreds of visitors — 434 had come through the door by 1 p.m. Saturday — and dozens of vendors, there appeared to be nearly unanimous opposition to the new state law requiring background checks for gun purchases between most individuals and closing the loophole that allows unlicensed sales […]

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