One of the more controversial bills of this year’s Legislative Session— the so-called “Red Flag” bill, or Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act—was the recent subject of debate before the Senate Public Affairs Committee.
Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse:
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Senate Bill Five now moves to the Senate Judiciary Committee following the Senate Public Affairs panel giving it a do-pass recommendation on a four-to-three, party-line vote, Democrats in favor.
The bill provides for a new process where family or a law enforcement officer can petition a court for an extreme risk firearm protective order against an individual deemed a threat to self or others and then have their guns seized. Gun-owner, Democratic Senator Joseph Cervantes, is the bill’s primary sponsor:
Tony Mace is Cibola County Sheriff and President of the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association. He is among 30 of 33 New Mexico county sheriffs’ opposed to the bill.
Senate Bill Five was one of the items on Governor Lujan Grisham’s legislative agenda.
For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge