Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

What they're saying about the Bloomberg gun control bills

Monday, February 13, 2017

New Mexico Sheriffs Speak Out Against Bills to Criminalize Virtually Every Private Firearms Transfer in New Mexico

 “…bill does nothing to protect our citizens.”


All 33 of New Mexico’s sheriffs oppose legislation in the Roundhouse that would criminalize virtually all private firearms transfers in the state.  They join a growing number of New Mexicans who are opposing Senate Bill 48 and House Bill 50.

 

“The reason I’m opposed to it is because they are trying to make it harder for citizens to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.” Raul Villanueva, Grant County sheriff, Silver City Sun-News, February 13

“These bills would make it more difficult for law-abiding New Mexicans to exercise their Second Amendment rights, waste scarce law enforcement resources, and do nothing to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.” – Marco Lucero, Los Alamos County sheriff, Los Alamos Daily Post, February 6

 

“This bill does nothing to protect our citizens.”  -- Tony Mace, Cibola County sheriff, KKOB radio, February 2

 

“This is a huge step toward a gun registry in New Mexico and I’m sorry, but Big Brother does not need to know what guns I own.”-- Tony Mace, Cibola County sheriff & vice chair of the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association, NRA TV, February 3

 

“These proposed measures will confuse honest citizens and confound law enforcement, potentially draining local resources…in New Mexico.” – Heath White, Torrance County sheriff, Mountain View Telegraph, February 2

 

“Not only are we infringing on the personal freedoms and liberties of our citizens to dispose their personal property as they see fit, but we’re also running into the situation where it is a foot in the door for gun registration.” – Glenn Hamilton, Sierra County sheriff, KKOB radio, February 2 

“The sheriffs overwhelmingly agree in New Mexico that on the surface, this law is almost unenforceable.” – Glenn Hamilton, Sierra County sheriff, KKOB radio, February 2

 “In no way, shape, or form is this bill going to stop a career criminal from obtaining a firearm or committing a crime with a firearm.” -- Mike Munk, Cibola County undersheriff, KKOB radio, February 2 

 

“We don’t want to criminalize honest, everyday citizens and this has nothing to do with fighting the battle that we fight in law enforcement and that is convicted criminals out there with firearms committing crimes.” Mike Munk, Cibola County undersheriff, KKOB radio, February 2 

 

 

GET THE FACTS

SB 48 AND HB 50: Wrong for New Mexico

SB 48 and HB 50 would prohibit you from selling firearms from your personal collection to any distant relatives, long-time friends, business partners, neighbors, or fellow gun club members without government permission. 

The bills would criminalize nearly all private firearm sales between individuals, regardless of where those transactions take place, and require them to be conducted through a licensed dealer involving extensive federal paperwork, background check and payment of an undetermined fee.  Licensed dealers will have to maintain the paperwork recording these transfers for twenty years.  Limited exceptions are only made for immediate family members, federal firearms licensees and law enforcement agencies, executors or administrators of estates and trusts, or police officers, military personnel, and licensed security guards acting in the course of their official duties.  

SB 48 and HB 50 also restrict firearm transfers—including gifts, loans, exchanges and other temporary changes in possession of a firearm, not just gun sales (which involve an exchange of currency or a permanent change of ownership or title).  House Bill 50 has been amended and its provisions regarding transfers are now slightly different than Senate Bill 48, as explained below.

Senate Bill 48: In an attempt to garner support for this misguided proposal, advocates excluded a limited number of "temporary" firearm transfers from the acts' provisions: transfers necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm, those taking place exclusively at shooting ranges, exclusively while hunting or trapping, exclusively during an organized competition or performance, or any time the transferor remains present the entire time the transfer is taking place.  These exemptions are poorly-worded, confusing and inadequate.  Examples of commonplace activities that would be criminalized under the bills:

  •          A man loaning his girlfriend or fiancée his handgun for self-protection when homes or apartments in her neighborhood have been burglarized;
     
  •          A member of the military who gets deployed overseas and wants to store personal effects, including his or her firearms, with a trusted friend;
     
  •          Someone wishing to borrow their business colleague’s firearm when going on a hunting trip, to the local shooting range or to shoot on BLM land when the colleague cannot accompany him or her on the excursion.
     
  •          Working ranch employees possessing and transporting ranch-owned rifles in vehicles or on their person.

SB 48 also appears to require that the return of loaned firearms to their original owners be conducted through a licensed dealer, with the accompanying federal paperwork, background check and payment of an undetermined fee—even if the original transfer is exempt from such a requirement. 

House Bill 50: At the sponsor’s request, the anti-gun members of the House Judiciary Committee adopted a substitute for the original bill, which deletes all the exceptions for temporary firearm transfers found in the original bill and, instead, requires a trip to an FFL, completion of federal paperwork, background check and payment of an undetermined fee on any transfer that is for longer than a period of five days.  So, in the above scenarios, if you loaned your girlfriend or fiancee a handgun for protection for more than five days, if you were deployed for a period of time longer than five days and wanted to leave your guns with a friend, if you borrowed your buddy’s rifle to go on a hunting trip for more than five days, if you gave your employee a shotgun to carry around while working a full week at your ranch – these transfers would all be subject to state and federal regulation.

These proposals will tax scarce law enforcement resources, cost law-abiding citizens time, money and freedom, and they will do nothing to stop criminals.

READ NEW MEXICO SENATE BILL 48

READ NEW MEXICO HOUSE BILL 50

TRENDING NOW
Beto Going All-In on Confiscation

News  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Beto Going All-In on Confiscation

Democrat Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke continues to struggle to gain any sort of traction for his campaign. With some polls putting him in 10th place, and his average sitting around 7th, some might say that it is desperation ...

Tell Your Lawmakers: No Semi-Auto and Magazine Ban!

News  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Tell Your Lawmakers: No Semi-Auto and Magazine Ban!

The Democrat Party is now so aligned with gun control that every major candidate running for its 2020 presidential nomination recently appeared in a propaganda video produced by one of the nation’s most active firearm prohibition groups. ...

NRA Files Suit Against San Francisco for Violating First Amendment

News  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

NRA Files Suit Against San Francisco for Violating First Amendment

On September 3, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors smeared millions of law-abiding Americans by unanimously adopting a resolution that designated NRA a “domestic terrorist organization.” Less than one week later, on September 9, NRA filed a federal lawsuit ...

New Hampshire: House to Vote on Gov. Sununu's Vetoes of Anti-Gun Bills

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

New Hampshire: House to Vote on Gov. Sununu's Vetoes of Anti-Gun Bills

On Wednesday, September 18th, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will vote on Governor Chris Sununu's vetoes of three anti-gun bills sent to his desk by the General Court.  Anti-gun Representatives who remain stubbornly committed to ...

House Democrats Continue Unprecedented Push for More Gun Control

News  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

House Democrats Continue Unprecedented Push for More Gun Control

As was continually threatened while Congress was on its six-week Summer break, House Democrats hastily convened a hearing on Tuesday to promote their latest batch of anti-gun bills.  The House Judiciary Committee’s markup of three bills, ...

California: Carson City Council to Hear Unconstitutional Resolution Targeting Lawful Firearm Possession and Sales

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

California: Carson City Council to Hear Unconstitutional Resolution Targeting Lawful Firearm Possession and Sales

Today, September 17 at 5pm PST, the Carson City Council will be considering a late addition to this evening’s City Council meeting, Resolution 19-1693.  ​The resolution is being pushed by Mayor Albert Robles in an effort to prohibit firearm ...

NASCAR Takes a Hard Left

News  

Friday, August 30, 2019

NASCAR Takes a Hard Left

After decades of NASCAR drivers literally turning left for hours every race day (road course races excluded, of course), the governing body appears to be taking a figurative left turn, politically. K-Var, a retailer in outdoor and ...

Playing Games with Numbers

News  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Playing Games with Numbers

Stanford Law Professor John Donohue and Theodora Boulouta, a Stanford undergrad, wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times that claims their new research shows the 1994 “assault weapons” ban really did work.  Their finding is ...

Monday, August 19, 2019

Florida Alert! "Assault Weapons" Ban Amendment Bans ALL SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS

The so-called "assault weapons" ban that is proposed for a constitutional amendment to be on the 2020 Election Ballot bans the possession of: “any semiautomatic rifle or shotgun CAPABLE of holding more than ten (10) rounds ...

California: Carson City Council Fails to Pass Unconstitutional Resolution Targeting Lawful Firearm Possession and Sales

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

California: Carson City Council Fails to Pass Unconstitutional Resolution Targeting Lawful Firearm Possession and Sales

Yesterday, September 17, the Carson City Council failed to pass anti-gun Resolution 19-1693.  ​The resolution was being pushed by Mayor Albert Robles in an effort to prohibit firearm dealers and firearm possession in the City of Carson to the ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.