Las Cruces City Council passes background checks resolution. Which city will be next?

Las Cruces City Council passes background checks resolution. Which city will be next?

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Las Cruces City Council passes background checks resolution. Which city will be next?

With dozens of local voters on hand to watch, the Las Cruces City Council voted yes Tuesday afternoon on a resolution that urges state lawmakers to pass comprehensive background ch ...

With dozens of local voters on hand to watch, the Las Cruces City Council voted yes Tuesday afternoon on a resolution that urges state lawmakers to pass comprehensive background checks on all firearm purchases within the state during the 2017 legislative session!

Everytown for Gun Safety and ProgressNow NM teamed up to alert and turnout Las Cruces residents for the Council Meeting.

Meanwhile, the NRA made defeating the Las Cruces resolution their national call-to-action on Independence Day:

NRA's Action Alert, July 4

NRA’s Action Alert, July 4

After featuring it on the front page of their action page, NRA members from around the country inundated City Councilors with (mostly) out-of-state emails and calls in a well-worn tactic to tie up means for local constituents to show their support for similar legislation.

From KRWG News:

Las Cruces City Council passed a resolution urging the State Legislature to pass legislation requiring comprehensive background checks for all gun sales in New Mexico by a vote of 5 to 1 with one abstaining.

Many people packed the Council Chambers for the debate on gun legislation. Mayor Ken Miyagishima brought forward the resolution for what he called “common sense gun laws” for comprehensive background checks for all gun sales in New Mexico.

“If you can use technology on your side to determine whether or not a person is a convicted felon,” Miyagishima said. “Or someone who is not allowed to have a weapon, you can use technology to decipher that in less than two minutes that’s common sense.”…

City Councilor Greg Smith abstained from the vote because he wanted to table the vote to hold a work session to discuss options to prevent gun violence locally before passing the resolution.

City Councilor Ceil Levatino was the only vote against the resolution because she didn’t think it would be effective.

 

We want to thank each and every one of you who showed up at the meeting in support, responded to our call to action, and let your voice be heard that common sense reforms CAN and SHOULD be passed to help reduce violent gun deaths.

 

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Thanks to councilors Gill Sorg, Olga Pedroza, Jack Eakman, Kasandra Gandara, and Mayor Ken Miyagishima for voting for the resolution. We know that the NRA made this a national issue and that people around the country were trying to sway the votes. Thanks for voting on the right side of history on something so important to our community.


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    Las Cruces City Councilors: 

    “Thank you for taking a stand against needless gun violence and passing your resolution urging the legislature to take meaningful, responsible action including universal background checks for firearms purchases in New Mexico.

    Mayor Miyagishima and Councilors Sorg, Pedroza, Eakman and Gandara all showed leadership other New Mexico municipal leaders can follow.”

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    On Tuesday July 5, our Las Cruces City Council passed a resolution urging the State Legislature to pass legislation requiring comprehensive background checks for all gun sales in New Mexico by a vote of 5 to 1 (Against: Levitino) with one abstaining (Smith).

     

    The non-binding resolution is the first to come from a municipality in New Mexico. Will it be the last? Do you support other cities around New Mexico standing up against gun violence and demanding that state leaders take action?