Capitol Report – February 6, 2020

Capitol Report – February 6, 2020


At the Roundhouse this week, one of the most controversial bills in the 2020 30-day session had its final committee hearing before being advanced to the Senate floor.

Tom Trowbridge reports from the Capitol:

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Senate Bill Five, the so-called “red-flag” gun bill underwent some changes after its first hearing before the Senate Public Affairs Committee. Democratic sponsor, Senator Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces significantly revised the legislation to allow only law -enforcement officials and not family members to petition for guns to be temporarily denied to people who pose an apparent danger to themselves or others.

During debate on the measure, testimony became emotional. This is Pamela Wiese Powell, who spoke in favor of the bill:

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But trauma surgeon, Doctor Nick Sutherland opposes the so-called Red Flag Legislation.

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The next stop for Senate Bill Five: The Senate Floor.

For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge

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