New Mexico House Republicans lead charge against gun bills, want issue on ballot

New Mexico House Republicans lead charge against gun bills, want issue on ballot

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham addresses the House of Representatives and Senate of New Mexico Jan. 15 in Santa Fe. (Photo: State of New Mexico Legislature) New Mexico House Republicans want to put universal background for gun purchases to a vote, despite Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s signature. They proposed a petition drive to overturn a law expanding mandatory background checks on firearms sales in New Mexico as a “constitutional issue.” “This issue is about rights of the American citizen,” said House Republican Minority Leader Rep. James Townsend (R-54). Townsend sent a letter to Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver requesting petitions for Senate Bill 8, signed March 8 by Lujan Grisham. “There has been an overwhelming outcry from the areas that I represent was as well as 30 of the 33 sheriff’s (in New Mexico) and about 25 county commissions. It’s been public outcry across the state that they don’t believe is fair or will do any good,” Townsend said. Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-38) represents Sierra, Grant and Luna counties in western and southern New Mexico. State Rep. Rebecca Dow Traditionally, Grant and Luna lean Democratic, but Dow said firearms rights know no political boundary. “I don’t think there’s a mixed opinion on protecting Second Amendment rights,” Dow said. “Grant County had a commission meeting last month, there were over 700 people allowed in the room and there were another 400 outside and one of the No. 1 issues to protect our Second Amendment rights. All three counties from my […]

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