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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.

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“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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