Heinrich addresses New Mexico’s economy and public safety

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sen. Martin Heinrich addressed a group of local business leaders Wednesday morning.

“Our kids should be safe when playing at the playground,” Heinrich said. “They should be safe when they’re attending school or going to the movies.”

Heinrich focused on public safety and also gave a report card on how the state’s economy is doing.

Heinrich also touted the success of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which he was the lead negotiator for.

“That was the most significant public safety and gun violence legislation,” Heinrich said.

Heinrich said more funding for ShotSpotter is also in the works – that’s the technology that detects gunshots in metro neighborhoods. The city is currently paying more than a million dollars for a three-year contract that expires in September.

“I’ve secured federal resources to expand that gunshot detection system for the Albuquerque Police Department,” Heinrich said.

He also highlighted measures to tackle the opioid epidemic, and open the conversation on the Senate floor.

“This Congress I’m trying to establish a new fentanyl, federal fentanyl tracking system,” Heinrich said.

Heinrich believes that legislation would be the key first step in keeping fentanyl from landing in the hands of children.