Armstrong Bill To Keep Guns From Domestic Violence Offenders Heads To Full House For Vote

by Reporter / Feb 06, 2019 / 0 comments

Armstrong Bill To Keep Guns From Domestic Violence Offenders Heads To Full House For Vote

Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s bill to keep guns out of the hands of domestic violence offenders, HB 87, is headed to a vote by the full House of Representatives after it passed the House Judiciary Committee Monday, 9-4.

“When a gun is present in a situation of domestic violence, it is five times more likely that a woman will be killed,” Armstrong said. “HB 87 is a common-sense way to reduce gun violence in New Mexico.”

Armstrong’s bill will make it a misdemeanor for anyone convicted of domestic violence, or under a restraining order, to possess a firearm. The bill also provides a clear process for offenders to relinquish—and reclaim as appropriate—their firearms.

“Gun violence is devastating families,” Armstrong said, “and New Mexicans are saying enough is enough. We know that in states where people under restraining orders relinquish their guns, there is a 22-percent lower rate of intimate-partner death by firearm. It’s time we make New Mexico safer for families and children.”

HB 87 now goes to the House floor for a vote along with several other gun-violence reduction measures, including bills to strengthen background check procedures in gun sales.

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