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Gun measures expected to be debated during legislative session

Nathan O'Neal
Updated: January 20, 2020 05:10 PM
Created: January 20, 2020 04:16 PM

SANTA FE, N.M.- The 2020 legislative session will begin in New Mexico on Tuesday.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham set her agenda, tackling various issues including the budget, marijuana, education and guns.


“We're going to ask for enhanced penalties for crimes involving a firearm -- you have to have zero tolerance,” she said. “Repeat habitual offenders must stay locked up.”

The governor announced she will back so-called red flag gun legislation.

The measure would allow police or family members to ask a court to take away guns from people who they believe might hurt themselves or others.

The issue is expected to draw a fiery debate.

“For the most part, the people outside the urban areas in my part of the world are very much opposed to it,” said Sen. Steven Neville, a Republican who represents San Juan County. “They're very strong on Second Amendment rights.”

The 2020 legislative session is scheduled to last 30 days.

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