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Governor Martinez Signs Pro-Gun Bill in New Mexico

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fairfax, Va. – Governor Susana Martinez has signed Senate Bill 26 into law. This legislation allows residents of New Mexico to purchase rifles and shotguns in non-contiguous states and residents of non-contiguous states to purchase these firearms in New Mexico.

"Senate Bill 26 puts New Mexico in line with federal law. Law-abiding New Mexico residents should not be restricted from purchasing long guns from non-contiguous states because of a lack of clarity in state law," said Chris W. Cox, executive director for NRA's Institute for Legislative Action. "The NRA would like to thank Governor Susana Martinez for signing Senate Bill 26 and for messaging this bill so it could be considered during the 30-day session. We are also grateful to Senator Bill Payne and Representative Bill Rehm for their leadership in spearheading this effort."

Previous state law permitted the purchase of long guns in neighboring states, but did not address non-contiguous states. Because of this, some out-of-state firearms dealers interpreted the law as being restrictive and would not sell rifles and shotguns to New Mexicans even though such transactions would otherwise be permissible under federal law. 

Senate Bill 26 passed in the New Mexico House by a 61 to 6 vote and in the Senate by a 37 to 0 vote.  The Act will take effect on July 1. 

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