Building support for legislation to make New Mexican communities safer
Giffords, along with members of the Giffords New Mexico Coalition, formerly known as the New Mexico Coalition for Common Sense, helped advance a domestic violence bill, that would have helped limit domestic abusers’ access to guns by establishing effective procedures and providing guidance and assurance to law enforcement, victims, and advocates. Kelly Famiglietta, a member of the Giffords New Mexico Coalition and President of the Domestic Violence Resource Center, authored an op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal with the help of Giffords urging Governor Martinez to sign the bill after it passed the legislature. Unfortunately the bipartisan bill was ultimately vetoed by Governor Susana Martinez. Giffords work in New Mexico built on previous advocacy efforts in 2016, when Giffords worked with legislators on both sides of the aisle to pass legislation, signed by Republican Governor Martinez, that requires the records of those deemed dangerously mentally ill to be included in the NICS background check system.
New Mexicans would also be impacted by a gun lobby-backed bill currently under consideration in Congress. This legislation, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would force each state to accept the concealed carry laws of every other state, even if their standards for carrying a loaded, hidden gun in public are weaker. Giffords is working with Congressional leaders and New Mexico stakeholders to highlight the public safety risks New Mexico would face from federally mandated concealed carry reciprocity.
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