NEW MEXICO (KSMX) – Once again, an attempt to challenge the new gun control law has been rejected by New Mexico’s top election official. The attempt was to put the issue on the ballot for voters to decide. Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said Friday that the law was designed to improve public safety, making it exempt from statewide referendums. Toulouse Oliver’s decision could prompt a legal challenge over the expanded background check bill and the state’s restrictions on such ballot measures; the AP reports. Referendums in New Mexico are rare, and the petition process has lengthy requirements, including tens of thousands of signatures before the issue would be put on a ballot.