SANTA FE — Amid tears and intensely personal stories, the state House passed legislation late Wednesday that would allow courts to order the temporary taking of guns from someone deemed an immediate threat.
House Bill 83, sponsored by Democratic Reps. Daymon Ely of Corrales and Joy Garratt of Albuquerque, would establish an Extreme Risk Protection Order Act — sometimes called a “red flag” law.
The proposal passed 39-30 and now moves to the Senate for consideration.
It was almost entirely silent at one point in the three-hour debate as Democratic Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena of Mesilla spoke about the violence and threats she endured in an abusive relationship.
At one point, she said, her partner showed up with a gun.