SANTA FE – New Mexico’s Democrat-led Legislature and allied governor are pushing to increase oversight of firearms sales and place new limitations on gun possession and ownership, as a slate of gun-safety bills comes up for discussion in the statehouse.
An initial committee hearing was scheduled Thursday on a long list of bills to expand federal background checks on gun sales, deny firearms to perpetrators of domestic abuse and allow courts to temporarily seize guns from people who are considered dangerous. Another bill would penalize adults for unlocked guns that fall into the hands of a minor, leading to injury or death.
Since taking office Jan. 1, Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has urged lawmakers to send her legislation that expands federal background checks to all gun sales.