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Legislature hears final public comments on red-flag gun bill

3 months 3 weeks 1 day ago Tuesday, February 11 2020 Feb 11, 2020 February 11, 2020 5:07 PM February 11, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS and MORGAN LEE
Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Democratic legislators in New Mexico are pushing forward with a red-flag gun proposal at a legislative committee meeting that offers a final opportunity for public comment. The bill would allow law enforcement to petition a court for the temporary surrender of guns by people who appear to pose a danger to themselves or others. Relatives of gun owners and school administrators can request through a sworn affidavit that gun rights be suspended. Advocates for gun rights have condemned the proposal. Supporters of the bill say police need new tools to contain suicide rates and prevent gun violence in the wake of mass shootings.

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