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Grisham signed a new gun law on Tuesday that goes into effect on May 20. The red flag law that was signed this past week allows state district courts to order the removal of guns from individuals who are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.
Grisham claims that the law provides law enforcement with a much needed tool to remove guns from people and potentially deter an act of deadly violence.
However sheriffs from various areas of New Mexico oppose the bill feeling that it is a violation of peoples’ constitutional rights.
“We don’t work for the governor, we don’t work for the Legislature. We work for the people that elected us into office.”
– New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association President Tony Mace
Last year New Mexico passed legislation requiring stricter background checks and banned guns for individuals under permanent protective orders for domestic violence.
Red Flag laws are popping up in states all across the United States after officials learned that the shooter in the Parkland shooting was mentally disturbed. Some people believe if the red flag law had been in effect at the time that the shooting could be prevented.
Under the red flag law individuals have a civil hearing in which the court can order the individual to surrender all firearms and not be able to purchase one for a year
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