New Mexico: Health and safety lose to gun businesses

In late March, the Governor closed gun stores along with other non-essential businesses. That’s when the NRA and other gun fanatic groups, fought back in court. The money from supporting gun businesses, allowed them to prevail over gun safety groups and force the Governor to reopen gun stores.  Every business that opens during this time, endangers the public to the corona virus.


March 26, 2020

New Mexico: Gun stores closed – sensibly, they are called non-essential

Governor Michelle Lujan ordered the closer of all non-essential businesses. The NRA is concerned that gun stores are classified this way because now, they must close during the emergency.

NRA strategy

The pro-gun advocacy group said:

This action by the Governor is not just anti-gun, but fails to consider the need for safety and security in these uncertain times.

Nice try NRA to try and make us believe you are for gun safety. You never work for gun safety legislation, only the right to shoot anyone who steps across your threshold and then claim self-defense.

Action

Please call the office of Governor Grisham (505-475-2200). Thank her for designating firearm dealers as non-essential businesses. Your action will support the Governor because many NRA members will harangue the Governor for her decision.


March 2, 2020

New Mexico: Legislature adjourns passing ERPO bill

The New Mexico Legislature adjourned for the year passing only one-gun related bill. It was a good one. Governor Lujan Grisham signed the bill into law. New Mexico becomes one of many states that have passed an Extreme Risk Protection Orders bill.

This is a defeat for the NRA but a victory for gun violence prevention in New Mexico. All those who contacted their legislators in support of this bill should be proud.


February 11, 2020

New Mexico: Senate passes the ERPO bill

The New Mexico full senate passed the Extreme Risk Protection bill by a 22 to 20 vote. This close vote shows why citizen advocacy is so important. In the past, only pro-gun people made the calls to their legislators. Now, as more citizens worry about gun violence, they are making their own calls.

The bill

  • House Bill 7 / Senate Bill 5 would create a process to file an Extreme Risk Protection order allowing family members to request a judge remove guns from a person who is dangerous to themselves or others. 👍

Action

The New Mexico legislative session is short, so more alerts will follow as this bill moves through the legislature.


February 6, 2020

New Mexico: Vote soon by Senate on Extreme Risk Protection bill

The New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Extreme Risk Protection bill by 6-5. It now goes to the full senate for a vote any day now. NRA gunners will be contacting their state senators to oppose this bill. This is the moment to do the same and ask for support of Senate Bill 5.

The bill

  • House Bill 7 / Senate Bill 5 would create a process to file an Extreme Risk Protection order allowing family members to request a judge remove guns from a person who is dangerous to themselves or others. 👍

Action

Please call or email the office of your New Mexico State Senator. Urge him or her to support Senate Bill 5 which would decrease gun deaths from dangerous people.


January 29, 2020

New Mexico: ERPO bill approved by committee

Yesterday, Jan 29, the Senate Public Affairs Committee passed the Extreme Risk Protection Orders bill. The Democrats managed to triumph with the gun safety measure by a vote of 4 to 3. The bill now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.

The NRA is fighting this bill by asking members to contact committee members and urge them to oppose SB 5. We urge concerned citizens to do the same, but ask them to support SB 5.

The bill

  • House Bill 7 / Senate Bill 5 would create a process to file an Extreme Risk Protection order allowing family members to request a judge remove guns from a person who is dangerous to themselves or others. 👍

Action

Please email the office of the committee chairman, Democratic Senator Joseph Cervantes (Joseph@cervanteslawnm.com). Urge his to support SB 5. Add a short note to give it a personal touch.


January 27, 2020

New Mexico: Late notice of ERPO bill hearing Tuesday (01/28)

The Senate Public Affairs Committee will hear testimony on and Extreme Risk Protection orders bill on Jan 28. This is a late notice following the NRA lead of a late notice to their members. They’ve been asked to make a showing at the hearing at 1:30 pm. Gun safety reform supporter need to make a showing as well.

The Bills

  • House Bill 7 and Senate Bill 5 would create a process to file an Extreme Risk Protection order allowing family members to request a judge remove guns from a person who is dangerous to themselves or others. 👍

Action

Please attend the meeting of the Senate Public Affairs Committee. If unable to attend, please email Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (jortizyp@msn.com). Tell him you support Senate Bill 5, the ERPO bill but couldn’t attend the meeting. You believe this bill will make New Mexico a safer place to live.

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