Petition of gun background check bill delivered to secretary of state
March 12, 2019 12:02 PM
SANTA FE, N.M. - Republican lawmakers at the Roundhouse are delivering on their promise to petition the recently signed universal background check bill.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham put her signature on Senate Bill 8 on Friday.
On Monday, Republicans delivered their petition to the Secretary of State's Office. From delivery, the secretary of state has ten days to make a determination on whether the petition is acceptable.
If approved, Republicans would have until July of next year to gather the needed signatures. They would need signatures from 10-percent of registered voters in 25 of New Mexico's 33 counties.
Proponents of Senate Bill 8 say it will close a loophole that allows many private gun sales without background checks against a federal database of prohibited buyers.
Opponents say the law is unenforceable and goes against the Second Amendment. In fact, 25 of the 33 counties in New Mexico have made a stance against new gun control measures moving through the State Legislature, including Senate Bill 8.
Created: March 12, 2019 12:02 PM
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