Both the Santa Fe New Mexican and KOB are reporting that HB 77, a bill that would regulate private firearms transfers, passed the House Judiciary 13-3 Friday afternoon, but not without being gutted by Republicans.
The original bill called for a new call center for the Department of Public Safety, to handle calls from gun owners selling their firearms in private transactions. It also called for background checks on all private transfers and at gun shows as well as a state registry where a tracking number would be attached to each firearm.
HB 77 that made it out of committee, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican, only includes a provision to align the state's mental health and criminal convictions with the national background check system. No background checks would be required for private transfers. The state legislature website has yet to publish the revised version of this bill.
HB 77 is still scheduled to go before the House Appropriations Comittee before it goes to the floor of the House for a vote.
Meanwhile, gun control advocates are not backing down. HB 402, a ban on so-called assault weapons and high capacity magazines similar to the New York SAFE Act, has been introduced. HB 402 is set to go before the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee, but has not yet been scheduled. Pro-gun advocates are keeping a close eye on the scheduling of this bill and are no doubt ready to protest.
One interesting thing that advocates on both sides of the gun debate should be aware of, is how the NY SAFE Act has been received by residents of New York. To the surprise of elected officials, residents of New York are exercising mass civil disobedience and are refusing to comply with the new law. The video above shows just one example of a town hall meeting where the politicians failed to convince residents to obey. HB 402 is likely to receive similar resistance.