Despite strong opposition to the bill by law-abiding gun owners and law enforcement, the New Mexico Senate passed Senate Bill 5, extreme “red flag” gun confiscation legislation, by a slim 22-20 vote. Anti-gun Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and bill sponsors refuse to listen to the overwhelming opposition and continue to try to pass this unnecessary measure.
The substitute for Senate Bill 5 requires individuals to surrender firearms to law enforcement based on uncorroborated evidence that they are dangerous -- further, the measure still allows for ex parte petitions, providing NO initial hearing for these individuals before a judge and NO access to mental health services or treatment before they lose their constitutional right to own a firearm. Further, individuals subject to these orders will be immediately included in the NICS database as prohibited persons until the order expires.
With less than half of the 2020 Session left, anti-gun lawmakers are going to pull out all the stops to push this legislation across the finish line. NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters need to stay-vigilant because things can happen at a moment’s notice. Stay-tuned to NRA-ILA Alerts for more information and ways to contact your lawmakers.