SANTA FE, N.M. — After nearly five hours of heated testimony and debate, a measure that would have required mandatory background checks for firearm purchases from gun shows or private vendors failed to advance in the New Mexico’s House of Representatives.
However, the 8-8 vote in the House Judiciary Committee means the legislation, sponsored by Rep. Miguel P. Garcia, D-Albuquerque, could be brought back up for additional discussion.
One Democratic legislator, Rep. Eliseo Alcon, D-Milan, joined with the committee’s Republican members in voting against the legislation. The other Democratic committee members voted in favor it.
Garcia said before the start of the 60-day legislative session that passing the measure would be difficult. After tonight’s vote, he said he intended to talk with opponents of the legislation in hopes of addressing some of their concerns.
The background check legislation is House Bill 77.
Check tomorrow’s Journal for more information.