Universal Background Checks Become The Law In New Mexico

BY Herschel Smith
6 months, 2 weeks ago

News from New Mexico:

Extensive advocacy work by proponents of stronger gun regulations in New Mexico has led to a new law that will require federal background checks for most gun purchases, including online sales and at gun shows.

Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who took office in January, signed Senate Bill 8 into law on Friday. It will take effect in July.

We all have a constitutional right to be safe in our homes and communities,” Lujan Grisham said, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

At an emotional signing ceremony, the governor was accompanied by several young people, law enforcement officials, and gun reform advocates, the Associated Press reported.

The governor is an idiot.  There is no such constitutional guarantee and she can’t quote one.  As we had discussed earlier, there is a problem is utopia.

… in New Mexico, 30 of 33 county sheriffs have signed a letter pledging to not help enforce several gun-control measures supported by Democrats in Santa Fe, according to the state’s sheriff association. The sheriffs, who are elected, say they are heeding the wishes of voters in the counties they serve. More than two dozen counties in the state have enacted “sanctuary” resolutions backing the sheriffs and affirming that no tax dollars in their jurisdictions should go to enforcing the proposed laws.

[ … ]

Democratic New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said local officials should comply with state and federal law but declined to say what measures he would take if they don’t.

Local Sheriffs could stop this all in its tracks if they chose to.  The AG didn’t say what measures he would take because he doesn’t know what to do with men who hold weapons and refuse to comply.

WeaponsRefuse to comply.  There’s a moral to that story, yes?


Comments

  1. On March 11, 2019 at 7:03 am, Ben338 said:

    The devil is always in the details. What does “expanded background checks” even mean? How is “close family members” defined? Why are “law enforcement officials” exempt, and who qualifies as a law enforcement official? As a practical matter, this is likely to have exactly zero impact on preventing crimes, since there’s no reason to believe criminals actually acquire their guns legally. It will throw some extra fees to FFLs, so I guess that’s ok, but it does that at the cost of inconvenience and expense to gun owners, not to mention the fact that it’s a step toward registration. More to the point, what impact, if any, does this have on a person who wants to let someone else borrow a firearm? On another practical point, if I were going to sell a gun to a stranger, I’d consider doing it through a background check regardless of what the law says simply to give myself a bit of cover from potential civil liability if the buyer ends up doing something stupid or illegal.

  2. On March 11, 2019 at 8:04 am, Andy said:

    The Sheriffs are already waffling. The Eddy County Sheriff, Mark Gage, where I live, has already back-tracked. He stated the law is the law and he will enforce it. So much for all that front porch talk.

  3. On March 11, 2019 at 8:15 am, Longbow said:

    “Why are “law enforcement officials” exempt,…”

    Because they are members of The Gang, and YOU are not! Get it, peasant?

    Now put your head down and get back to work!

  4. On March 11, 2019 at 2:06 pm, Mike said:

    Everybody who surrounded the despicable Gov. Grisham will be a target in the upcoming live-fire ‘festivities’, they have effectively declared war on The People.

  5. On March 11, 2019 at 8:31 pm, Some Dude said:

    Forget it Jake, it’s Santa Fe.

  6. On March 12, 2019 at 9:04 pm, J said:

    UBC’s mean Zero without a Registry, a Registry of past dates and ownership.
    Which they dont get till stores go out of biz and ATF gets old 4473’s into the system.
    But….who knows what goes on during a Compliance visit by ATF.
    The store must still be run.
    ie…the store doesn’t have time to hangover ATF’s shoulder.
    And eveyone has cellphones now..click click

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