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Gun debate likely to intensify in NM Legislature

January 21, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The shooting deaths of five members of an Albuquerque family likely will intensify a debate in the Legislature over restrictions on firearms, lawmakers said Monday.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested in Saturday’s shooting deaths of his parents, a brother and two younger sisters. A .22-caliber rifle and a semi-automatic military-style rifle, which were kept in the parents’ closet, were used in the shootings, according to authorities.

House Speaker W. Ken Martinez, a Grants Democrat, said the Legislature may need to consider gun safety issues, such as providing assistance to people to buy trigger locks or other devices for securely storing firearms.

“Sometimes we look at everything from the point of view of just making it more criminal. The deterrent effect of making it more criminal doesn’t do any good when Login to read more

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