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New Mexico: Chambers Trade Legislation to Criminalize Private Firearm Transfers

Friday, February 15, 2019

New Mexico: Chambers Trade Legislation to Criminalize Private Firearm Transfers

The New Mexico Legislature has now heard and passed both House Bill 8 and Senate Bill 8 in their chambers of origin.  These measures will now be transferred to the opposite chamber and receive further consideration.  It is more important than ever that you contact your state Representative and state Senator and strongly urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 8/Senate Bill 8.


House Bill 8 would criminalize all private firearms sales between law-abiding individuals. Gun owners would be forced to pay undetermined fees and obtain government approval before selling firearms to family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers, or fellow hunters, competitive shooters and gun club members. This proposal would have no impact on crime and is unenforceable without gun registration.

Senate Bill 8 was amended on the Senate floor before being passed.  SB 8, as amended, imposes similar restrictions as HB 8, except it will require that all federal firearm licensees perform these background checks, and exempts transfers between “family members.”

Again, all NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters are encouraged to contact their state Representative and state Senator and strongly urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 8/Senate Bill 8 when it comes up for a vote.

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