Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is expected to sign a measure into law that will require background checks for virtually all private gun sales except for sales of antiques and between relatives.
Gun safety advocates have been pushing for this type of legislation for years.
✅ SB 8, common sense firearm background check legislation, has successfully passed the House! I look forward to signing SB 8 and realizing this simple yet meaningful step toward a state and society with fewer firearm fatalities. #SB8 #nmleg
— Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) March 5, 2019
And Cheryl Haase, with the local chapter of Moms Demand Action, said the group is thrilled.
“This law has been shown to save lives in other states that have enacted it,” she said. “It will save New Mexican lives, most definitely.”
All Republicans in the House and Senate opposed the bill. Some Democrats crossed party lines to vote against it.
It was also challenged by sheriffs around the state. A bunch of them have said they will not enforce it.
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