Expert Panel Event: How HB 77 Would Make It Harder for Criminals to Obtain Guns in New Mexico

Mayor Coss to Host Roundtable Discussion on Thursday

SANTA FE, N.M., Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the national push for sensible gun laws presses on, New Mexico state lawmakers are currently considering legislation (HB 77) that would close the "gun show loophole" by requiring background checks at gun shows and require New Mexico to submit all relevant records of prohibited purchasers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). HB 77, which passed in the House with strong bipartisan support, is currently awaiting approval in the Senate Public Affairs Committee. A vote could come as soon as this week.

On Thursday, a group including Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, local law enforcement, domestic violence prevention advocates, and those who have lost family to gun violence will hold a roundtable discussion to call on the Senate to pass HB 77. They will also discuss how the current system in New Mexico makes it easy for felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerous mentally ill to buy guns and how background checks are a critical measure for reducing gun violence in communities around New Mexico and across the country.

What:  New Mexico mayors, law enforcement, domestic violence prevention advocates, and those who have lost family to gun violence hold a roundtable discussion to urge the State Senate to pass HB 77.

Who: - Mayor David Coss, Santa Fe (moderator)
- Sheriff Joe Mascarenas, Rio Arriba County (retired)
- District Attorney Lemuel Martinez, 13th Judicial District
- Carol Horwitz, Domestic & Sexual Violence Liaison for the City of Santa Fe
- Debbie Kuidis, former Deputy Chief of the Albuquerque Police Department, who lost her sister-in-law and her partner to gun violence in 2007  

When:  Thursday, February 28, at 12 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers, 200 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico

*Please RSVP to Kayla@FitzGibbonMedia.com*

About Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Since its inception in 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 mayors to more than 850 mayors from across the country, including eight in New Mexico. It has more than 1.3 million grassroots supporters, making it the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country. The bipartisan coalition, co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, has united the nation's mayors around these common goals: protecting their communities by holding gun offenders and irresponsible gun dealers accountable; demanding access to trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat illegal gun trafficking; and working with legislators to fix gaps, weaknesses, and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other prohibited purchasers to get guns.

SOURCE Mayors Against Illegal Guns



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