There are few issues that arouse political passions any more than gun rights vs. gun control – especially in the wake of tragic mass shootings like Parkland High School or closer to home the shootings at Aztec High School.
On one extreme are those who would ban guns if they could, and certainly would limit the kinds that could be purchased, with the other extreme arguing there is a virtually unlimited right to bear arms of any kind, anywhere, guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
Fortunately, we don’t have to choose between extremes and several pieces of legislation pending in Santa Fe find a common-sense middle ground because they put the focus where it should be: keeping firearms out of the hands of the wrong people.
Similar bills in the House and Senate would make it a crime to sell a firearm without conducting a background check – something that can be done through a federally licensed firearms dealer for about $45. What does that mean? It would help keep guns out of the hands of felons, people with documented mental health problems, illegal immigrants and others who couldn’t purchase a gun from a licensed gun shop.