Rep. Debbie Armstrong Bill To Keep Guns From Domestic Violence Offenders Passes Senate Committee

by Reporter / Mar 08, 2019 / 0 comments

Rep. Debbie Armstrong Bill To Keep Guns From Domestic Violence Offenders Passes Senate Committee

Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s bill to keep guns out of the hands of domestic violence offenders, HB 87, is headed to its second Senate committee hearing after it passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee Saturday by a vote of 4-2

“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, cosponsored and carried in the Senate by Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, makes 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 Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.

 

 

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