Background check legislation cleared a first (and important) hurdle today. After almost two hours of testimony and debate, the State Senate Public Affairs Committee passed the bill 5-3 and sent it forward with momentum to the Judiciary Committee. More than thirty ProgressNowNM advocates appeared alongside dozens of other New Mexico gun violence victims, survivors and activists including many organized by Moms Demand Action NM and New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence. Gun violence prevention legislation failed in the Senate in previous years, in part over concerns over how transfers between family members could be protected. Sen. Richard Martinez (D-Española) worked with State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos) to write this year’s bill to require checks between transfers for gun sales, while accommodating some of those earlier concerns.