Compromise NM bill on gun checks heading to House

February 11, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A compromise bill to expand background checks for gun buyers is heading to the New Mexico House for debate and has the backing of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

The bill approved [auth] by the House Judiciary Committee last week would require background checks for people buying firearms from private individuals at gun shows. Initially the measure would have required background checks for all private gun sales.

Federal law requires people buying guns from licensed dealers to undergo background checks.

Lawmakers agreed Monday the measure could go to the House, bypassing a second committee.

A Martinez spokesman said the governor supports the revised bill, including provisions to ensure the state provides information to the national background check system on people ineligible to buy guns because they have a history of mental illness.

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