New Mexico is apparently interested in being more like New York. Senate Bill 8, a sweeping gun control measure, passed the state Senate and is now sitting on the governor’s desk awaiting signature.

Senate Bill 8, so-called “universal” background check legislation sponsored by Senators Richard Martinez (D) and Peter Wirth (D), would ban almost all private firearms sales between law-abiding individuals.

Gun owners would be forced to pay fees and obtain government approval before selling firearms to friends, neighbors, co-workers, fellow hunters, competitive shooters or gun club members. This proposal would have no impact on crime and is unenforceable without gun registration. As amended, Senate Bill 8 now requires that all federal firearm licensees perform these background checks.

It’s interesting to note that 30 out of the 33 sheriffs in New Mexico oppose this bill. One wonders what exactly will happen if it passes. Will the sheriffs simply ignore it?

Meanwhile, in other states, constitutional carry laws are passing. Oklahoma recently passed it into law, and Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming all have similar laws as well. Kentucky is getting close.

It almost sounds like a bit of a face-off.


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