You are here: HomeNewsLocal News Releases"Gun Show Loophole" Bill Headed To House Floor

"Gun Show Loophole" Bill Headed To House Floor

HB77 Bypasses House Appropriation and Finance Committee

SANTA FE, NM – House Bill 77 the “Firearms Transfer Act” is picking up steam after winning bi-partisan approval 13-3 in the House Judiciary Committee on Friday.  HB77 sponsored by Rep. Miguel Garcia (D-Bernalillo-14) was headed to the House Appropriation and Finance Committee (HAFC), but today Chairman Henry “Kiki” Saavedra (D-Bernalillo-10) asked to have the bill withdrawn from HAFC saying it didn’t have a fiscal impact.  House Bill 77 will now be placed on the Temporary Calendar, and is scheduled to be debated on the floor on Wednesday.   Rep. Garcia says HB 77 which closes Gun Show loopholes has been refined, taking out the private sales provision and adding a mental health component.

The committee substitute for HB77 makes the following changes:

·         Requires operators of gun shows to arrange for the presence of an Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL) at the show and to post notice to traders that transfers must be conducted through an FFL

·         Identifies antique or relic firearms as the only exemption from the requirements of the act

·         Sets a misdemeanor penalty for violation of  the act by transferors who do not use a FFL at a gun show; and a petty misdemeanor penalty for gun show operators who fail to provide an FFL or fails to post information about the FFL requirements  

·         Requires Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to collect mental health adjudication information and submit it to the FBI for entry into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS); provides procedures for restoring rights; requires confidentiality and sealing of records; provides immunity for transmitters of information; provides a right to inspect and correct records; authorizes AOC to promulgate rules.

·         Following these procedures would make NM eligible for NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP) funding. That program addresses the gap in the NICS data base regarding mental health histories.

“The changes to HB77 of limiting the background checks to Gun Shows only and codifying the reporting process to the FBI on the mentally and criminally adjudicated makes our bill acceptable to most members of the House of Representatives,” say Rep. Garcia.   He adds, “It is enlightening to see legislators of both parties rally around the amended bill.  All New Mexicans should be proud of the compromising efforts that contribute to making our neighborhoods and work sites safer.”

You can read more on House Bill 77 by clicking here

Live from Silver City

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

If you are interested in a turnkey restaurant, check out the classfieds!

ALERT! The Beat website is undergoing upgrading this weekend, and may not be accessible part of Saturday and/or Sunday, but we will try to minimize the time it is offline. Thanks for your understanding! We'll see you next week with an updated site. Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!

The Beat totally appreciates its readers!  Thanks for having patience during these busy days of spring!

WARNING: All articles and photos indicated by a byline are copyrighted. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ad on the Beat.

Feel free to notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you notice any problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Check Out Classifieds. And look at Sponsors to see who is helping the Beat.

It's really easy to check to see if there's a classified ad. Just click on Classifieds in the blue menu and the page will open letting you know if there is a classified ad. Remember that your buying classified ads gives you a wide readership, as well as supporting the Beat.

Post YOURS for quick results!

Note that if an article does not have a byline, it was sent to the Beat and written by someone not affiliated with the Beat

Remember that all articles and photos are copyrighted to the person who wrote or took them. Please ask permission before using anything written or photographed. We charge a small fee for use of photos.

When you click on the blue and orange button on the upper left side of most pages, you will find out how you can help the Beat defray its expenses, which, with increased readership, continue to grow. You will arrive at a page that gives you options of how you can Help the Beat. All help is greatly appreciated and keeps the news you want and need coming into your browser.

Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com.

Go to top