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Governor signs red-flag gun bill


February 23, 2020

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 5 — the red-flag gun bill — into law.

In a news release from her office, she said the measure enhances public safety and reduces “the risk of mass gun violence.”

SB 5 will allow law-enforcement officers to “temporarily disarm individuals who present a clear danger to themselves or others in emergency situations. It is a proven-effective tool law enforcement officers can use to address gun violence in communities across New Mexico, a state with unconscionably high per-capita rates of firearm deaths and suicide,” the governor said in the news release.

Most of the state's county sheriffs have opposed the measure, citing alleged violation of the Second Amendment.


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