New Mexico passes background check bill

New Mexico passes background check bill

Gun Rights

LAS CRUCES, NM — New Mexico will now require background checks on anyone who purchases a gun. Background checks at gun shops are nothing new, but now that the governor has signed Senate Bill 8, people are required to go through background checks when buying firearms at gun shows or from friends. “It’s all just saying, ‘Hey, look, I voted for that, and I’m pushing this agenda,’ but there’s no money or resources for law enforcement to follow up on it,” former sheriff of Dona Ana County Todd Garrison said. He added that the bill does not accurately address gun violence, and he said both parties are to blame. “It’s frustrating when I feel like people who do the right things are being discriminated against or punished for the wrongdoings of others.” According to the New Mexico Department of Health, 2018 was the most violent year of firearm deaths in New Mexico in over a century. There were 436 firearms deaths last year, a 6% increase from the 412 in 2017. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wrote on Twitter, “Background checks save lives. They reduce the rate of women killed by an intimate partner, they reduce suicide rates, they reduce the rate of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty – they save lives. That’s why I signed Senate Bill 8 today.” Steffan Sparks owns Sparks Firearms. They run background checks when they sell their guns, but now, he said more people will be coming in and paying […]

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