February 7, 2017

Gun Violence Prevention Legislation Makes Way Through Legislature

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This is shaping up to be the year New Mexico passes comprehensive background check legislation (it’s about time!)

After years of organizing and building new organizations, our work is paying off and getting noticed by legislators and the press.

So far, progressives have showed up in greater numbers than NRA-opponents at each hearing — that momentum is keeping these bills moving.

Supporters packed the House gallery

 

Two big developments you need to know: ​

  • On Tuesday the Senate Public Affairs Committee passed SB48 requiring background checks for gun transfers. Red Mom’s Demand Action t-shirts and blue Progress Now NM stickers showing support for the bill flooded the committee room leaving little room for the opposition. The bill past the committee on a 5 to 3 vote. Check out the coverage here.
  • Due to the large amount of interest surrounding this legislation, the house companion bill, HB50, was moved to Saturday where the House Consumer and Public Affairs committee also moved the hearing out of the committee room and to the House Chamber to accommodate the hundreds of activists that showed up to speak out for and against the bill. After three hours of testimony, the committee voted 3-1 to pass the bill. Additional info here.

The bills will now move on to the house and senate judiciary committees before landing on the on their respective floors for a full vote.

This Friday, February 10th, the House Judiciary committee will be hearing this important legislation and we need your help to pack the room again!
RSVP by clicking here. (Link)

The committee will begin at 1:30 p.m. but we’ll need to be there by 12:30 in order to ensure that we aren’t shown up by the NRA. 

You can also sign up for our gun violence prevention rapid response team to get alerts when you can call legislators, show up for hearings or write your local paper to support these bills.

We’ve had strong support so far but we’re going to be needing even more help as we move forward.

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