Old state Senate bill gets revival and could be renamed ‘Bennie’s Law’

Old state Senate bill gets revival and could be renamed ‘Bennie's Law’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Senate Bill 224 will make it an offense for gun owners to not lock up their gun, and it was introduced earlier this year. The bill would make it an offense for gun owners to not lock up their gun when not in use. It also says gun owners could be fined if they don’t. In Friday’s deadly school shooting, it is unknown if the gun was secured at home, and it’s unclear if the parents will face charges. “Right now the parent has no legal consequence for allowing that gun to be available to the 13-year-old, my wish is the parent would have understood that by law the firearm should have been secured, and it wouldn’t have happened at all,” said Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, (D) Bernalillo County. If a child uses an unsecured gun to commit a crime—the owner could be found guilty of a misdemeanor, but the bill never got a hearing in committee. Lopez believes her bill is part of the answer—across the aisle, Republicans disagree. “The US Supreme Court determines the Second Amendment protects the right to have a fire arm not locked up readily accessible for self-protection, so that bill on its face violates the US Supreme Court decision,” said Rep. Bill Rehm, Bernalillo County. Rehm said from what he has seen this tragedy could have been prevented without the legislature stepping in “First of all all of us are greatly upset by this tragedy. The fact that the dad discovered […]

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