SB328 Will Protect Women by Removing Guns from Domestic Abusers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2019

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SB328 Will Protect Women by Removing Guns from Domestic Abusers

Santa Fe, New Mexico (March 15, 2019) — Late last night, the New Mexico House passed SB328. This bill prohibits the purchase and possession of firearms by persons convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors and subject to final domestic violence orders of protection. It also requires persons subject to final domestic violence orders of protection to relinquish firearms.

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence General Counsel Kelly Roskam issued the following statement:

“Nearly two years ago, former Governor Susana Martinez vetoed this piece of popular bipartisan legislation that would have protected the lives of New Mexican women. She left office as one of the least popular governors in the nation.

“We are happy that legislation to disarm abusers has once again passed New Mexico’s legislature and will head to a governor’s desk who will prioritize the safety of victims and survivors and sign it into law. A woman’s risk of being murdered by an abusive partner increases fivefold if there is a gun in the home, and abusers often use guns to intimidate their victims. There is an irrefutable link between guns and domestic violence. By prohibiting purchase and possession of guns and removing guns from domestic abusers, this law will help protect the lives of New Mexican women.

“Thank you to all the elected officials who helped pass this legislation, especially sponsors Representative Deborah Armstrong, Senator Joseph Cervantes, and Senator Antoinette Sedilla-Lopez. A very special thank you to Miranda Viscoli and New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, who worked incredibly hard for years to advance this bill and make it a reality.”

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