On Tuesday, February 26 at 1:30pm in Room 317, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee is scheduled to consider legislation, Senate Bill 8, that would criminalize most private firearm transfers in New Mexico. Please contact committee members and strongly urge them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 8.
Senate Bill 8, so-called "universal” background check legislation sponsored by Senators Richard Martinez (D) and Peter Wirth (D), would ban almost all private firearms sales between law-abiding individuals. Gun owners would be forced to pay fees and obtain government approval before selling firearms to 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. As amended, Senate Bill 8 now requires that all federal firearm licensees perform these background checks. 29 out of 33 New Mexico Sheriffs oppose this legislation.
Again, please contact members of the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee and urge strong OPPOSITION to Senate Bill 8.
Also, please contact Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham at 505-476-2200 or www.governor.state.nm.us/contact and tell her you OPPOSE Senate Bill 8!