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Senate panel set to debate revised ‘red flag’ bill

SANTA FE — A key Senate committee is set to debate a hotly-contested red flag gun bill, which would allow temporary firearm seizures from individuals deemed to pose a threat to themselves or others.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up the Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act, also known as a red flag gun bill, on Wednesday, its chairman said.

The proposal, Senate Bill 5, is expected to be amended before being voted on this week, though details have not yet been released.

It passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee last week. If approved by the judiciary committee, it would advance to the full Senate for consideration.

As was the case during last week’s meeting, firearms will not be allowed into the committee room for Wednesday’s hearing, and those attending will be screened before entry.

In addition, Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, the committee’s chairman and the sponsor of the bill, said limited public comment will be accepted during Wednesday’s hearing.

Those wishing to submit written comments in advance of the meeting can send them to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s staff or its members.

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