N.M. HB 50 Gets Worse, Passes House Committee

posted on February 13, 2017

We told you last week about New Mexico’s House Bill 50, which criminalizes most private firearm transfers by law-abiding gun owners.

Late last week, an even more restrictive committee substitute of the Bloomberg-backed measure passed the House Judiciary Committee and is headed to a vote by the full House. The substitute bill actually erases many of the confusing exceptions from the earlier version and simply requires that any transfer or loan of a firearm lasting more than five days be conducted with a federal background check. In the case of a loan, when the gun is returned, another background check would be required to get it back to its original owner.

As NRA-ILA reported, if you plan to let a friend borrow your rifle for a week-long hunting trip or shooting competition, it would require a trip to an FFL. If you want to provide your girlfriend a handgun for protection while you’re gone on an extended business trip, you must get government permission. If you are a military service member who has been deployed and wishes to leave personal firearms with a trusted friend, you would have to go through the same process. 

Use Your Power!

New Mexico gun owners should immediately contact their state Representatives and ask them to oppose the committee substitute for HB 50. Contact them directly by clicking here.

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