Bill would ban enforcement of US gun laws in NM

January 18, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is among states where Republican legislat[auth] ors want to ban enforcement of federal gun laws, a backlash against new proposals for gun control in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

Legislation introduced by Republican Rep. Nora Espinoza of Roswell would make it a felony for a government official, federal agent or firearms dealer to enforce federal gun laws in New Mexico, the Albuquerque Journal ( ) reported.

The bill, co-sponsored by 10 other lawmakers, also says any federal effort “to ban or restrict ownership of a semiautomatic firearm or a magazine of a firearm: or (to) require a firearm, magazine or other firearm accessory to be registered in any manner” would be unenforceable in New Mexico.

The Journal said it was unable to reach Espinoza on Thursday for comment on her bill, and the lawmaker did not immediately respond to a query Friday by The Associated Press.

Other states where Republican legislators have introduced similar legislation include Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.

A Democrat who heads the New Mexico House Judiciary Committee said Espinoza’s proposal would raise significant legal questions.

“I don’t know how a state says you can’t enforce a federal law,” said Rep. Gail Chasey of Albuquerque. “I think secession would have to precede that, but I guess we’ll see.”

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