Yesterday, the New Mexico House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee passed gun control legislation criminalizing most private firearm sales, by a 3 to 2 vote. Senate Bill 8 now heads to the House Judiciary Committee, and committee members need to hear from you IMMEDIATELY!
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. 30 out of 33 New Mexico Sheriffs oppose this legislation.
Again, please immediately contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and strongly urge them to OPPOSE 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!