Red-flag gun bill heads to New Mexico governor for signature

Red-flag gun bill heads to New Mexico governor for signature

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New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in Las Cruces, Wednesday Jan. 8, 2020, introducing an extreme risk gun bill, which would allow family members and law enforcement officers to temporarily remove guns from a person deemed a risk. (Photo: Bethany Freudenthal/Sun-News) SANTA FE – The Democrat-led New Mexico Legislature approved a red-flag gun law Thursday with a final vote of the state House, virtually ensuring adoption of new procedures for courts to order the surrender of firearms from people who appear to pose a danger to themselves or others. The House approved the bill on a 39-31 vote with Republicans and seven Democrats in opposition, sending the bill to a supportive Democratic governor. As they cast votes, Republican legislators held aloft paperback copies of the Constitution in protest. The bill would allow law enforcement officers to petition a state district court to order the temporary surrender of firearms by a gun holder who “poses a significant danger of causing imminent personal injury to self or others.” Complaints also could be filed indirectly by sworn affidavits from relatives, employers or school administrators. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham supports the proposal that gained momentum after the August 2019 mass shooting at a Walmart store in nearby El Paso, Texas. She says new tools are needed for law enforcement to prevent gun violence and better secure the safety of schools. A similar proposal last year stalled in the state Senate. This year deliberations began in the Senate, which endorsed the bill […]

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