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House endorses broad anti-crime bill

Roundhouse. (Eddie Moore/Journal)

SANTA FE — A bipartisan package of anti-crime legislation won overwhelming support from the House on Monday and now heads to the Senate.

The proposal, House Bill 6, would stiffen criminal penalties for two gun-related crimes — brandishing a firearm in the commission of a crime and being a felon in possession of a gun.

The legislation also has provisions aimed at making it easier for police officers to get treatment for post traumatic stress disorder and expand the potential funding sources for community policing strategies.

It won approval 59-9 late Monday.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she was pleased to see the Legislature “moving to not only hold criminals accountable but to provide law enforcement with the tools and support they need.”

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