Santa Fe – Tonight, a common sense gun measure to keep guns out of the hands of abusers advanced the House Floor. House Bill 87 as amended, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), would amend the Family Violence and Protection Act to create a new requirement that a person subject to an Order of Protection must relinquish all owned/possessed firearms to a law enforcement officer while the order is in effect. Violating this would result in a misdemeanor.

“The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely the woman will die,” Rep. Debbie Armstrong. “As legislators, we have a responsibility to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. For domestic violence survivors, this is a matter of life and death. New Mexicans deserve to feel safe in their homes and their communities.”

House Democrats know that it is crucial that we balance the rights of gun owners with the rights of those who are victims of violent crimes and take common sense measures to prevent senseless tragedies.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.