Democratic Governor of New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a law requiring universal background checks on private gun sales. Private gun sales without a background check would only be allowed between family members or by police officers.
According to the New Mexican, “Senate Bill 8, which will take effect in July, makes it a misdemeanor to sell a firearm to just about anyone without a background check.”
The democrat governor took office in January, commended the bill’s Democratic sponsors. Students and other gun-reform advocates pushed for the law. These groups claim it would enhance public safety. FBI statistics say the state has one of the nation’s highest violent crime rates.
The Law Requiring Universal Background Checks is meeting resistance from law enforcement and other officials
The new law is getting strong push back from republican lawmakers in the state. Several law enforcement agencies are refusing to enforce the new law, claiming it is a violation of Constitutional rights.
According to The Hill:
Republicans have vowed to fight the legislation, saying they will push petitions calling for a statewide vote on repealing the law, the newspaper reported. Opponents to the law argue that the bill infringes on constitutional rights to carry firearms and claim it won’t prevent crime.
Twenty-five officials in the state’s 33 counties adopted “Second Amendment Sanctuary” declarations this week, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
The declarations say the counties effectively will refuse to enforce the law.
Law enforcement will not be able to easily enforce this type of law without knowing who actually owns a particular gun. Universal background checks lead to gun registration as the only means of enforcement.
Gun control laws have a history of failure
Gun control laws fail to reduce crime and only give more power to criminals and corrupt politicians seeking to expand government. Areas with the strictest gun control laws also have the highest rates of gun violence.