SANTA FE – One woman shared the story of her 75-year-old mother, gunned down during her vacation while she sipped her coffee.
A state lawmaker talked about teaching his sister to use a gun to help protect her from domestic abuse.
These stories – and other emotional testimony – emerged in a Senate committee hearing Tuesday over whether New Mexico should require background checks when people sell, lend or give firearms to one another in private transactions.
The bill won a recommendation of approval on a 5-3 party-line vote of the state Senate Public Affairs Committee, with Democrats in favor. It now heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee, potentially its last stop before the Senate floor.