By the tightest of margins, New Mexico Senators have approved Senate Bill Five, the “Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act.” The measure allows law enforcement officers to seize guns owned by people deemed to be a risk to themselves or others.
Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse:
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Aside from the suddenly fading effort to legalize recreational cannabis in New Mexico, the “Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act,” is no doubt the 2020 Legislative session’s most controversial bill under consideration.
Friday, the State Senate approved Senate Bill Five on a vote of 22-in-favor-to-20-opposed. During debate, Gallup Democrat George Munoz discussed his main problem with the proposal:
Despite those comments, Munoz was a surprise “yes” vote on the bill, which now goes to the House. Bill sponsor, Democrat Joseph Cervantes, a gun owner from Las Cruces, shared with his Senate colleagues a key reason for his sponsorship of the measure.
Senate approval of the bill lifts expectations that it will wind-up on Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk for signature by session’s end.
For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge