ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Several new state laws are going into effect Monday.
Among them are taxes on vehicle sales, which will rise by 33 percent; smaller public restrooms will become gender-neutral; and background checks will be required for nearly all firearm purchases. This law also has a limit on who can carry guns on school grounds, which keeps people accused of domestic violence from owning a gun.
More than two dozen New Mexico sheriffs have come out against the firearms background check law, saying it’s unenforceable and penalizes law-abiding citizens. The attorney general says sheriffs and police chiefs risk legal liability if they don’t enforce the regulations.
The state is also raising its salaries and channeling more money toward public education initiatives to help at-risk students.