New Gun Transfer Background Check Bill Passes Key Committee

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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.

The final vote was:

Title Name Party Role
Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino D Chair – FOR
Senator Bill B. O’Neill D Vice Chair  – FOR
Senator Craig W. Brandt R Member – AGAINST
Senator Candace Gould R Member – AGAINST
Senator Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics D Member – FOR
Senator Jeff Steinborn D Member – FOR
Senator Mimi Stewart D Member – FOR
Senator Stuart Ingle R Ranking Member – AGAINST

This was an important first step for the prevention of gun violence in New Mexico but we’re going to need your help to keep up this momentum. RSVP today to our upcoming events to show your support and lend a hand to get this crucial piece of legislation passed:


  • Wednesday, February 1, 5:30 PM | Phone bank and beer for progress: Call activists to help pass background check bills [learn more] [RSVP]
  • Saturday, February 4, 8:30 am | House Consumer and Public Affairs committee hearing in the House Chamber.
  • Wednesday, February 8, 8:30 AM |Join us for Lobby Day at the Legislature [learn more] [RSVP]