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New Mexico election provides stark choice on gun issues

New Mexico election provides stark choice on gun issues

The Associated Press
September 26, 2018 02:28 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Two candidates for governor of New Mexico are offering starkly different visions on issues of gun control and public safety in a state where the Democrat-led Legislature has been reticent to approve major restrictions on firearms.

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Republican Steve Pearce says new gun restrictions wouldn't necessarily improve safety, while Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham wants a ban on assault weapons more background checks on sales. The election is thrusting New Mexico back into a proxy battle between national groups on gun issues.

An Associated Press review of all firearms-related legislation in all states this year shows largely predictable and partisan patterns, with the exception of Florida and Vermont.

New Mexico lawmakers increased the penalty for illegal gun possession by violent felons and set aside about $40 million for school safety improvements.

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