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Mayoral candidate Tim Keller touches on plans to combat gun violence

Mayoral candidate Tim Keller touches on plans to combat gun violence Photo: KOB

David Lynch
June 03, 2017 03:23 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller, as part of his campaign for mayor of Albuquerque, laid out his plans on Saturday for combatting gun violence.

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Keller, a Democrat, said in a statement that common-sense gun laws were key for a city that has become “too familiar” with the consequences of gun violence.

According to a release, some of the policies that Keller supports includes:

  • Closing gun show loopholes.
  • Allowing the city access to firearm trace data used by federal authorities.
  • Developing new technology to help find and trace illegal guns.
  • Holding violent offenders fully accountable when using guns, through collaboration with law enforcement.

“The threat of illegal guns is a threat to public safety and I will support local, state and federal regulations that target the trafficking of illegal guns,” Keller said. “While respecting the 2nd Amendment, we must also find common sense solutions that reduce the escalating epidemic of gun violence.

According to a recent report by the Center for American Progress, New Mexico has a lot of work to do when it comes to combatting gun violence. The state is the 10th worst for gun deaths, with a rate 40 percent higher than the national average in 2010.

Another report by Everytown for Gun Safety states that New Mexico’s export rate for guns used in crimes was approximately 70 percent higher than the national average in 2010. 

More of Keller’s plans can be found online at his campaign website.

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