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"Red Flag" gun safety law heads to New Mexico Governor for signature

Feb 13, 2020

Credit Office of the Governor of New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature approved a red-flag gun law Thursday with a final vote of the state House. The move virtually ensures adoption of new procedures for courts to order the surrender of firearms from people who appear to pose a danger to themselves or others. The House approved the bill on a 39-31 vote with Republicans and several Democrats in opposition, sending the bill to a supportive Democratic governor. As they cast votes, Republican legislators held aloft paperback copies of the Constitution in protest. The bill would allow law enforcement officers to petition a state district court to order the temporary surrender of firearms.