Some New Mexico gun laws are minimally enforced – many never even became law

Some New Mexico gun laws are minimally enforced – many never even became law

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – In the last 12 years, New Mexico legislators have considered 104 bills focused on firearm controls, safety, licensing, or convictions. That means less than one percent of the 11,784 pieces of legislation considered in the Roundhouse over that time relate to firearm control. Of those 104 firearm-related bills, only 11 have been chaptered as laws. And data reveals that some of those laws are not being fully enforced. Data Reporting There are relatively few gun relinquishments in domestic violence cases In 2019, the state passed a new law making it illegal for anyone convicted of battery against a household member, stalking, or criminal damage to property of a household member to possess a firearm. Part of the Family Violence Protection Act, the law aims to prevent violent gun crime resulting from domestic violence. It allows law enforcement to take possession of guns that are relinquished by the owner, guns that are in plain sight, and guns that are found during lawful searches. The original version of the bill allowed a court to issue a search warrant if they had probable cause to believe that there were still firearms that hadn’t been turned in to police. But, that clause was removed before the bill became law. Data suggests that enforcement of the 2019 relinquishment law under the Family Violence Protection Act may be falling short. The New Mexico Department of Public Safety predicted that “law enforcement agencies may need to become equipped to store, potentially, thousands […]

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