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Bid to repeal New Mexico’s gun-control law is blocked by a democratic state official

A democratic secretary of state in New Mexico denied a petition by the state house Republicans to repeal the new legislation that expanded background checks on gun sales. (Associated Press)

New Mexico’s Democratic Secretary of state on Thursday a petition, targeting, rejected the repeal of the state’s new measure to expand, to check its background condition for arms sales.

Secretary of state Maggie Toulouse Oliver, the state refused the house Republicans’ call for a nationwide referendum on Senate Bill 8 by a seldom-used provision of the state Constitution, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

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Republicans quoted from the state Constitution that “the people reserve the power to disapprove, suspend, and repeal of a law passed by the legislature.” But Toulouse Oliver said that exceptions were allowed laws to “public peace, health and safety,” the New Mexican.

New Mexico Secretary of state, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, the state refused the house Republicans’ call for a nationwide referendum on a new gun-control law. (State government website)

The legislation, which democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law the 8. In March, requires background checks for nearly all gun sales, including the purchase of private citizens, the Albuquerque Journal reported. To go the measure in July. State law already required licensed dealers to conduct the tests.

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State Republicans, the claim that voters have the right to have their voice heard, on the law, and considered legal action.

Not to say”, you have the right to vote on this, in your opinion, is not how we operate, allegedly,” House Minority Leader James Townsend, R-Artesia, said the New Mexican. “People want to be involved.”

Dozens of districts in the country have already declared a “Second Amendment Sanctuary”, in opposition to the Democratic-sponsored legislation. The New Mexico Sheriff’s Association, the not called previously, the law is unenforceable, say it would punish law-abiding citizens.

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State Sen., Richard Martinez, D-Española, one of the bill’s sponsors, said the measure was “about saving lives” and the prevention of criminal weapons. He told the New Mexican, a chance for a referendum is just another shot in the dark”.”

Only three referendums for the repeal of a law issued to the public voice, since New Mexico statehood won in 1912 — each of which falls below the falling over of the legislation, reported the New Mexican, with reference to the Legislative Council Service.

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