Last month, the legislative Crimes and Corrections Committee met to discuss House Bill 77 — the bill designed to close the gun show loophole in New Mexico. Once again, the conversation became about anything but the problem of gun violence in our state.
Several committee members expressed concern that the facts and statistics on gun violence in New Mexico cannot be linked to gun shows. Our inability to trace guns used for criminal purposes to gun shows highlights a fundamental problem. Pressure from the gun lobby has led to laws that expressly forbid the release of information regarding where guns are bought and sold.
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