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Sheriff to ask for gun bill resolution


February 16, 2020

PORTALES — Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker will bring a resolution Tuesday asking the Roosevelt County Commission to oppose the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act — the red-flag gun bill.

The regular Roosevelt County Commission meeting for this Tuesday was pushed back a week, but with news of the bill passing the House, a special meeting has been called in its place to consider a declaration to oppose.

The controversial measure was passed by the House on Friday by a 39-31 vote. Its next stop will be the desk of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, and she has pledged to sign it.

Parker, who is one of 30 sheriffs in the state who have voiced opposition to the legislation, will bring the resolution opposing the act before the commission at 9 a.m.

A Second Amendment rally was held at the county courthouse on Jan. 30, where 400 people showed up to denounce the bill.

If approved, the bill will allow a relative, household member or law enforcement officer to file a petition in state court to issue an order that would prohibit someone from possessing firearms.

If a judge then decides an action is warranted, the judge could issue a 15-day order for the accused to relinquish their firearms, followed by a hearing that could lead to a one-year order.

Lujan Grisham said Friday that she believes the shooting massacre in El Paso and escalating threats of violence at schools helped change the legislative landscape in New Mexico — where policymakers have approved three gun-control bills over the last year.

Passage of the proposed Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act comes after a similar measure stalled in the state Senate last year. And after years of failed attempts, the state in 2019 enacted a background checks bill and prohibited the possession of guns by domestic abusers.

The Albuquerque Journal contributed to this report.


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