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Sun Feb 12, 2017, 08:28 AM

Background check bill heads to house floor

SANTA FE – A new version of the proposal to require background checks when people buy firearms online or in other private transactions is working its way through the House.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, introduced the amended version Friday during a committee hearing.

She described it as a move toward compromise – a narrowing of the bill from an earlier version that covered more transactions, such as lending a gun to someone temporarily.

But the amended version didn’t satisfy opponents. New Mexico sheriffs and other opponents said criminals generally get their guns by stealing them and won’t bother complying with a new law.

Read more: https://www.abqjournal.com/947878/notebook-background-check-bill-heads-to-house-floor.html

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