SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A proposed gun control bill passed its first hurdle in a Senate committee Tuesday afternoon. The ‘red flag’ bill would temporarily take away someone’s guns if they’re seen as a threat to themselves or to others.
There were so many people who wanted to speak, that the committee had to limit how many people could talk — and people on both sides made the most of their time.
“Don’t get me wrong, I believe in the second amendment rights and citizens’ rights to own guns, but these guns do not need to be in easy reach of those who would harm themselves or others due to mental instability,” Destiny Crumpnick said.
Senate Bill 5 is called the Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act. It’s sponsored by three Democrats. Proponents for the bill are telling lawmakers it could prevent suicides and even mass shootings. However, opponents claim this bill would violate the constitution.
“I’d also like to ask you what gives you the right and what gives you the time and effort I would have to put in to defend my constitutional right to bear arms. So this isn’t a civil bill, this isn’t a criminal bill, this is tyranny,” Stefani Lord said.
Opponents of the bill claim it doesn’t allow the person due process and is a violation of the second amendment. They argue that people could make false claims about a gun owner so that those guns could be removed from their home.
After about a two-hour debate, when it came down to a vote it passed along party lines. It now heads to Senate Judiciary.