Four ‘Common-Sense’ Gun Measures To Prevent Violence Pass House Consumer & Public Affairs

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Four ‘Common-Sense’ Gun Measures To Prevent Violence Pass House Consumer & Public Affairs

SANTA FE ― Four  “common-sense” gun violence prevention bills passed the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.

Representatives and New Mexicans from across the state shared personal stories of gun violence to highlight the importance of the bills.

The package of bills are as follows:

  • House Bill 8, Sponsored by Rep. Debra M. Sariñana (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque); The “Background Check for Firearms Act” would require background checks when conducting sales of a firearm.
  • House Bill 40, Sponsored by Rep. Miguel Garcia (D-Albuquerque); The “Background Checks at Gun Shows” prevents felons, domestic abusers, and other dangerous people from purchasing firearms.
  • House Bill 83, Sponsored by Rep. Daymon Ely (D-Corrales) and Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque); The “Extreme Risk Protection Order” act would help prevent violent crime by allowing families and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms who may be a threat to themselves or others.
  • House Bill 87, Sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque); The “Domestic Violence and Firearm Possession” act would aid victims of domestic violence by allowing judges to determine whether or not to prohibit domestic violence offenders under certain orders of protection from possessing or purchasing a firearm while under the order.

“Gun violence has impacted far too many lives in New Mexico, and unfortunately, gun violence is prevalent in my district,” Rep. Debbie Sariñana (D-Albuquerque) said. “I have been personally impacted by gun violence, and have seen the way that gun violence affects our children and our communities. I am committed to ensuring that I give a voice to those who have lost loved ones to gun violence, and those who cannot be here with us today.”

“After working on this bill in previous years with bipartisan support and input, I’m proud that this bill has finally passed. In order to keep our communities safe, we must ensure that we have common-sense gun legislation in place,” Rep. Miguel Garcia (D-Albuquerque) said.

“We are simply trying to temporarily remove the most dangerous part of the equation for people who pose imminent danger to themselves or others,” Rep. Daymon Ely (D-Corrales) said. “This is not a new idea. This has been adopted in thirteen states. I have a concealed carry permit – I believe in the right to bear arms; but this is about our state’s responsibility to look at the rights of all its citizens and ensure due process.”

“Families across the state have been impacted by New Mexico’s high suicide rates,” Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque) said. “In order to keep New Mexicans safe and prevent suicides from happening, we must pass this critical legislation to keep firearms out of the hands of people who pose an imminent risk of personal injury to themselves and others.”

“This bill will bring New Mexico in line with 27 other states requiring the relinquishment of all firearms owned or in control of violent offenders while they’re under an order of protection.” Rep. Debbie Armstrong said. “We have a responsibility to keep our families and communities safe and this important bill will save lives.”

House Democrats are committed to ensuring the safe and responsible use of firearms. It is crucial that we balance the rights of gun owners with the rights of those who are victims of violent crimes and take common sense measures to prevent senseless tragedies.

All of these bills now head to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.