New Mexico Senate passes background check legislation

The New Mexico Senate took a big step toward improving the state’s gun laws yesterday by passing SB 8 yesterday by a 22-20 vote.

The straightforward bill simply states that the sale of a firearm is illegal unless a federal instant background check is performed, and parties violating the law would be guilty of a misdemeanor. The checks are not completely universal, as the legislation carves out some exceptions (sales or transfers between two law enforcement officers, for example), but SB 8 would go a long way toward addressing the number one issue identified with the state’s gun laws by the Giffords Law Center.

LEAP Forward will continue to grade SB 8 as it goes before the New Mexico House and will continue to score support for the bill.