Fri. May 24th, 2024

Gun legislation advances with state Senate committee vote

SANTA FE (KSMX)- A proposal advanced Tuesday in the New Mexico state Legislature that would allow law enforcement officials or family members to seek court orders to seize firearms temporarily from people deemed a threat to themselves or others.

A Senate committee endorsed the bill on a party-line vote with Democrats in support. Another committee review awaits before the bill can reach the Senate floor for a possible vote.

The three Republican State Senators on the committee voted against the passage of Senate Bill 5, Also known as the Red Flag bill or Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act. With all Democrats voting for it.

The bill passed SPAC and moves to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Proponents invoked the toll of firearm suicides and mass shootings. Opponents warned that lawmakers risk treading on constitutional rights and the presumption of innocence.

Republican Senate minority leader Stuart Ingle of Portales said he believes judges will be reluctant to ignore warnings about people viewed as dangerous and bristled over discussions about how to dispose of guns that aren’t reclaimed after seizures.

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