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The KUNM news team's coverage of the 2020 legislative session and its impacts

Gun Control Bills Advance In N.M. Legislature

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Lawmakers have advanced a package of gun control bills in the state legislature.


There are two bills that would expand background checks. Another would keep guns away from people convicted of domestic violence or who have a restraining order against them. And one is meant to prevent suicides.

Autumn Robertson, a conservative gun owner from Silver City, says these bills won’t actually do anything about gun violence.

“They’re feel-good bills,” Robertson said. “They’re to make people feel good about it and get people’s emotions into it, but the reality is that none of them whatsoever get to the root of it.”

Robertson thinks preventing domestic abusers from getting guns is a good intention, but she says it could easily result in people losing their guns without due process.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has said she is ready to sign these bills into law.



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May joined KUNM's Public Health New Mexico team in early 2018. That same year, she established the New Mexico chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and received a fellowship from the Association of Health Care Journalists. She join Colorado Public Radio in late 2019.
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