New Mexico: House Committee to Hear HB 402, New York-Style Gun and Magazine Ban, this Thursday, February 21!
Posted on February 19, 2013
The proposed method in House Bill 77 has been changed, but the gun control advocates’ end-game remains the same: universal regulation of private firearms transfers. The newly-released committee substitute for HB 77 would make it a crime for a private individual to transfer his or her legally-owned firearm without going through a federal firearm licensed dealer (FFL) to conduct a background check on the transferee. Exceptions are made for only certain categories of individuals – family members, domestic partners, stepchildren, foster or adopted children, or persons who live in the same residence and maintain a single economic unit. However, the provisions in HB 77 would still apply to gun sales, gifts, loans, rentals or trades between friends, neighbors, co-workers or more-distant relatives. These restrictions would not apply to temporary transfers during hunting or target practice, but the possible breadth and scope of the legislation is endless.
Yesterday, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed House Bill 77 by a 43-26 vote, sending this measure to the state Senate for its consideration. Earlier this week, HB 77 was withdrawn from the House Appropriations and Finance Committee since it no longer contained an appropriation needed to implement this measure as amended by the House Judiciary Committee. While HB 77, introduced by Rep. Miguel Garcia (D-ABQ), has undergone significant revisions over the last two weeks, NRA-ILA still opposes this measure. Click here to find out how your Representative voted on this bill. Please be sure to contact and thank those who stood firm against this measure and also call and e-mail your state Senator to oppose HB 77. Contact information for state lawmakers can be found here.