Senate panel overhauls red-flag gun bill in New Mexico
Added 02-06-20 12:03:02am EST - “A red-flag gun bill in New Mexico has been revised to allow only law enforcement officials and not family members to petition for guns to be denied temporarily to people who pose an apparent danger to themselves or others.” - Washingtontimes.com
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A red-flag gun bill in New Mexico has been revised to allow only law enforcement officials and not family members to petition for guns to be denied temporarily to people who pose an apparent danger to themselves or others.
Bill sponsor Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces on Wednesday introduced extensive changes in response to concerns raised about due process rights for gun owners and worries that law enforcement officials might be thrust unnecessarily into danger.
Under the rewritten bill, law enforcement officers could petition a state district court to order the temporary surrender of firearms in response to a sworn affidavit that a gun-holder poses imminent danger.
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Law enforcement officers who decline red-flag requests must report their decision and can be held liable for not enforcing the law, under the revised proposal.
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