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Firearm Purchase Delay Bill Pre-Filed in New Mexico: 14-Day Waiting Period Would Be the Longest in the Nation!

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Firearm Purchase Delay Bill Pre-Filed in New Mexico: 14-Day Waiting Period Would Be the Longest in the Nation!

Legislation was pre-filed late yesterday in the New Mexico State Senate by Sen. Joseph Cervantes (D-Las Cruces), which imposes a 14-day waiting period on lawful gun buyers. This measure will add nothing to the existing FBI background check process and will only delay your ability to exercise your Second Amendment right to purchase firearms to defend yourself, your family, and your property. The delay would also apply when you go to a federal firearm licensed dealer (FFL) to be transferred a firearm you ordered online. If this bill passes, it would make for the longest firearms purchase waiting period in the entire country! 

The waiting period measure won't be assigned a bill number until after the New Mexico Legislature convenes next Tuesday, January 16th. And, we are still waiting for progressive, anti-gun lawmakers to file Governor Gun Grab's legislation banning semi-automatic firearms and limiting magazine capacity. Now is the time to begin contacting your State Senator and State Representative and urging them to OPPOSE waiting periods on lawful firearms purchases, bans on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms, and limits on standard capacity magazines for those firearms.


Also, make sure you register for NRA-ILA's pre-session webinar taking place at 7:00pm on Monday, January 15th, to learn how you can help stop these attacks on your Second Amendment rights at the Roundhouse. Advance sign-up is required and you can do so by clicking here.

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