Bill Focuses On Guns, Suicide Prevention
It’s called a red-flag law. If you’re living with somebody who’s showing suicidal or even homicidal behavior, this bill would let you alert authorities, and they could take that person’s guns away temporarily.
Representative Daymon Ely (D) of Corrales presented the bill.
“It saves people both in terms of harming others and overwhelmingly in harming themselves,” he said.
About a dozen other states have passed red-flag laws of their own. Connecticut was one of the first to do it, and their rate of gun-based suicides has gone down by 13 percent in the last decade.
Three other bills focused on gun control were also presented this week. One is about closing the state's "gun-show loophole" by strengthening background checks. Another would prevent people convicted of domestic abuse from buying a gun. And the third would punish gun owners if they fail to keep their weapons secure and out of the wrong hands.
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