SANTA FE – With just five days left in the session, a key House committee rejected legislation Monday that would have required background checks for people buying firearms online or at gun shows.
Democrat Eliseo Lee Alcon of Milan joined Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee to block the bill from moving on. A motion to table the legislation won approval on a 7-6 vote.
The bill isn’t dead, but reviving it and moving the proposal through committees and the full House and Senate by noon Saturday – the end of the session – would be incredibly difficult.
Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace said the tabling motion was the right move.