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Act TODAY to Stop Passage of New Version of House Gun Control Bill!

The proposed method in House Bill 77 has been changed, but the gun control advocates’ end-game remains the same: universal regulation of private firearms transfers. The newly-released committee substitute for HB 77 would make it a crime for a private individual to transfer his or her legally-owned firearm without going through a federal firearm licensed dealer (FFL) to conduct a background check on the transferee. Exceptions are made for only certain categories of individuals – family members, domestic partners, stepchildren, foster or adopted children, or persons who live in the same residence and maintain a single economic unit. However, the provisions in HB 77 would still apply to gun sales, gifts, loans, rentals or trades between friends, neighbors, co-workers or more-distant relatives. These restrictions would not apply to temporary transfers during hunting or target practice, but the possible breadth and scope of the legislation is endless.

Even though the vast majority of vendors at most gun shows are FFLs and already conducting background checks on gun sales, under this proposal, individuals looking to sell or trade a firearm from their personal collection at these events would also be forced to go through an FFL before transferring their lawfully-owned personal property. Gun show promoters would be required to arrange for one or more FFLs to be present at such events to conduct required background checks or be subject to criminal penalties.

While HB 77 establishes that FFLs may charge a fee for conducting these checks for third parties, there is no limit to what that charge could possibly be. Additionally, there is no immunity from liability provided to FFLs who conduct background checks for third parties, either at their retail establishment or at gun shows, or for private sellers who enlist the services of an FFL to comply with the provisions of HB 77.

Even though they have already undergone the same background check required by HB 77 before being issued a license, New Mexico Concealed Handgun Licensees are not exempt from the restrictions imposed by HB 77. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has repeatedly denied requests from individual lawmakers and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to grant New Mexico CHLs a waiver from the background check conducted when purchasing a firearm from an FFL.

Enactment of HB 77 would actually reduce the penalty for unlawful transfer of a firearm to a prohibited individual. Under federal law, it is a felony for any private individual to sell, trade, give, lend, rent or transfer a gun to a person he or she knows or should have known is not legally allowed to purchase or possess a firearm. We already know that federal law is rarely – if ever – enforced, so this bill would create the same crime in New Mexico statute, but make it a misdemeanor.

Once again, this latest version of HB 77 fails to recognize that criminals acquire firearms predominantly through theft, black market sales, and straw purchases – all illegal transfers currently. Rarely do they purchase firearms through legal channels. On the rare occasion that they do, they are almost never prosecuted. The only individuals who will be impacted by the bureaucratic and onerous requirements in this proposed legislation are law-abiding citizens. HB 77 contains no enforcement mechanisms and actually reduces the penalties for violators.

The public policy focus of state lawmakers should be on improving the accuracy and quality of information compiled in the NICS system – specifically, disqualifying state mental health records – and aggressively prosecuting violators of federal firearms laws.

The House Judiciary Committee will consider the committee substitute to HB 77 on Monday, February 4, at 1:30pm (or upon adjournment of the House) in Room 309 of the State Capitol in Santa Fe. It is critical that we pack the hearing room to show strong opposition to these far-reaching restrictions. Continue contacting the committee members below and urging them to OPPOSE HB 77 in its most current form. Please also contact your own State Representative and let them know where you stand!



To determine your state lawmaker and obtain their contact information, click here.

For more information from NRA-ILA on restrictions on private transfers, please click here.



House Judiciary Committee



Rep. Gail Chasey, Chair (D-ABQ)

505-986-4412

[email protected]




Rep. Georgene Louis, Vice-Chair (D-ABQ)

505-986-4464

[email protected]




Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon (D-Milan)

505-986-4844

elis[email protected]




Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R-Carlsbad)

505-986-4248

[email protected]




Rep. Zach Cook (R-Ruidoso)

505-986-4452

[email protected]




Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe)

505-986-4423

[email protected]




Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Belen)

505-986-4220

[email protected]




Rep. Miguel Garcia (D-ABQ *sponsor of the measure*)

505-986-4327

[email protected]




Rep. Nate Gentry (R-ABQ)

505-986-4757

[email protected]




Rep. Emily Kane (D-ABQ)

505-986-4464

[email protected]




Rep. Moe Maestas (D-ABQ)

505-986-4774

[email protected]




Rep. Terry McMillan (R-Las Cruces)

505-986-4450

[email protected]




Rep. Paul Pacheco (R-ABQ)

505-986-4214


Rep. Bill Rehm (R-ABQ)

505-986-4214

[email protected]




Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-ABQ)

505-986-4243

[email protected]




Rep. Mimi Stewart (D-ABQ)

505-986-4842

[email protected]
 

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Changed some of the felonies to misdemeanors to help get it by the swing votes they lost last time, had 3 demo's vote with the reps caused the tie. Not sure what else, but this stinks. There is supposed to be a rally Feb 8 in Santa Fe, but I am not getting much news here. Tx is our media market so NM news is hard to get except for the net.
 

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My reps not on the committee.
Doesn't matter, ask yours to put influence on the committee, and you can still email all of the committee, they may not read them but a staff member will.
 

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If I understand this is that same shit they are trying to pass in CO. You need to start another thread to draw attention to it
 

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Son Of A Bitch the fucker who introduced this one is my counties rep! Fucker lives in Santa Fe so I guess it makes sense. While I didn't much care for Rhonda King (I once asked her if the Kings had any other job other than running for office) she did understand rural life.

Representative Stephen Easley - (D)


Easley
District: 50
County: Bern., S.F., Torrance & Valencia
Representative Since: 2013
Occupation: Owner, IT Services Company
Address: 10 Alcalde Road
Santa Fe, NM 87508
Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4242
Capitol Room #: 205B
Office Phone: (505) 990-2044
Home Phone: (505) 699-5516
Email: [email protected]
 

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Bob Wooley is my rep and I guess he is not on the committee but he is fighting. He told me not to give up yet.
Wish ourselves luck. I'm getting the word out to as many people as I can, you do the same.
 

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According to the radio news HB 402 has been tabled in 3 to 2
 

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new bills coming up for vote right now are hb 402, hb 316.6 (hunting and trapping bill) and SB 83 think this is the anti trapping bill, only allows for gov people to trap.
 

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HB 579 is the anti trapping bill
SB 83 is the animal cruelty bill, not sure what the issue is with it, but NM Cattlegrowers is wanting it stopped.
 

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Mom said that Easley was on the noon news saying he would try again next year! I have already emailed him that would actively work against him next election
 

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Got one of those forwarded emails that Gov. Martinez was going to cave on the 77 bill. The latest news I can find is a month old.
Voicing my concerns to her now.
 

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It wasn't voted on by the full senate, this time. I just copied the first 2 paragraphs.
Capitol Report | New Mexico » House Bill 77

“Gun show loophole” bill runs out of time

Posted by rnikolewski in News on March 16th, 2013

gun showIt wasn’t taken up on the Senate floor until the final 35 minutes of the 60-day session and a bill aimed at closing what advocates say is the gun show loophole died one step short of reaching the governor’s desk.

“This bill will come back,” Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, said on the Senate floor of House Bill 77 that called for establishing a procedure to align the state’s mental health and criminal conviction records with the federal instant background check system.
 
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