New Mexico Criminalizes Private Gun Sales

New Mexico Criminalizes Private Gun Sales

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) has signed legislation criminalizing private sales of firearms.

The bill requires background checks for virtually all firearm sales in New Mexico and has been a priority for gun control advocates, who claim the measure merely closes a loophole in state law that has enabled people to obtain firearms who are otherwise barred.

The backlash against gun control in the state has caused 21 of New Mexico’s 33 counties to declare themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.” The declarations indicate that commissions in those counties stand with their sheriffs in refusing to enforce the state-level, Democrat-sponsored gun control. 29 of New Mexico’s 33 sheriffs signed a statement against gun control measures and the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association made it clear it plans to sue the state if the new gun control was enacted, which has just occurred.

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