Lawmakers push back on gun ban proposal
Posted at: 01/17/2013 6:12 PM
Updated at: 01/17/2013 6:52 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Some New Mexico state lawmakers are ready to fight President Obama's proposal to ban assault-style weapons and ammo clips bigger than 10 rounds and other parts of his gun control package.
Lawmakers in Texas, Missouri and Wyoming are already considering legislation that would outlaw enforcement of federal firearms laws, and the New Mexico legislature will consider a similar bill.
It's the brainchild of Rep. Nora Espinoza, a Roswell Republican. It would make enforcement of federal gun laws by public officers, including federal law officers, a third degree felony. Some of Espinoza's fellow Republicans are warming up to the bill.
" I'm certainly against things like taxing bullets, registering guns, finding out who has them so that way the government can have more control over us," said Rep. Tim Lewis, an Albuquerque Republican. " I'm certainly against that. I'm a gun owner myself."
On the other side of the aisle Democrats are giving the bill a cold reception.
"It's unwise because if this were to become law all of the federal firearm restrictions would go away overnight," said Rep. Brian Egolf, a Santa Fe Democrat. "It would suddenly be legal in New Mexico to posess a machine gun, a rocket propelled grenade launcher, an Apache attack helicopter - even a nuclear weapon."
When the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives normally wants to kill a bill, they just assign it to three or four committees and it will never make it to the floor for a vote.
This bill has only two committee assignments, but the first one - the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee, is expected to be the kiss of death.