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Red-flag gun bill approaches crucial vote in New Mexico

Added 02-07-20 03:22:02pm EST - “The New Mexico state Senate was scheduled to vote Friday on a red-flag gun bill that has been propelled by concerns about the 2019 mass shooting in nearby El Paso, Texas, and suicide prevention efforts.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Red-flag gun bill approaches crucial vote in New Mexico”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico state Senate was scheduled to vote Friday on a red-flag gun bill that has been propelled by concerns about the 2019 mass shooting in nearby El Paso, Texas, and suicide prevention efforts.

The bill as currently written would allow law enforcement officers to petition a state district court to order the temporary surrender of firearms. Complaints about gun owners by relatives would be presented to law enforcement officials and not directly to the court.

Rural sheriffs oppose the Democrat-sponsored legislation, arguing that officers can already intervene in the event of a mental health crisis and detain people for their own safety or a danger to others.

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Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has urged legislators in the Democrat-led Legislature to enact a red-flag law to provide new tools to law enforcement to prevent gun violence.

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