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New Mexico Senate backs gun background checks

New Mexico Senate backs gun background checks

The Associated Press
February 14, 2019 04:34 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A bill that would expand background checks on private gun sales in New Mexico has cleared its last major hurdle with the approval of the state Senate.

The Senate voted 22-20 on Thursday to pass the Democrat-sponsored bill that would close a loophole that allows many private sales without a background check against a federal database of prohibited buyers.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has vowed to sign the legislation. The House and Senate have approved similar background-check bills and still must agree on one to send to the governor.

Background checks are part of a slate of gun regulation and school safety proposals making their way through the Democrat-led Legislature over the objections of Republican lawmakers and dozens of rural sheriffs.
 

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