A local gun show advertisement is capitalizing on two controversial proposals to tighten firearms sales background checks in New Mexico. An ad created by the New Mexico Gun Collectors Association promoting this weekend’s gun show says it could be a person’s “last chance” to buy a gun before New Mexicans Second Amendment rights are stripped by state lawmakers.
KRQE News 13 was told we were not allowed inside the private event, but we did catch up with people outside the state-owned venue who say Democrat state lawmakers are overstepping boundaries.
“I hope we’re effective in defeating those things, they always overdo it,” said Joe Rose, a gun owner.
Daniel Manzanares, who took his son to the show Saturday, says he doesn’t believe the legislation, if passed, will be detrimental.
“It’s a feel-good measure, but it really doesn’t have any enforceability,” said Manzanares. He says he’s been teaching his 10-year-old Fermin about guns since he started walking.
“He’s been shooting a gun since he was 18 months old,” said Manzanares.
However, he’s not rushing to purchase a new firearm out of fear his, or his son’s, rights will be revoked.
Meanwhile, Mark Abramson, owner of The Los Ranchos Gun Shop, says business hasn’t been out of the ordinary and that it doesn’t seem like there’s any urgency among customers to ‘stock up before it’s too late.’
The bills, moving through both the House and the Senate, require a background check for all firearms sales in New Mexico.