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NM – GUN CONTROL – APD launches gun sale background check sting operation (VIDEO)

Albuquerque Police has launched its first enforcement operation aimed at a new state law requiring background checks on all gun sales in New Mexico. The operation, which began Monday, has detectives calling dozens of people who are selling guns online and in the local community. Detectives are trying to see if prospective gun sellers will offload their weapon to a prospective buyer without a background check. “We do want to send a message as a deterrent that we are going to be looking,” said Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman for Albuquerque Police. “Our detectives are looking at ads online and making phone calls to people who are selling these guns.” The operation represents the department’s first large scale effort to enforce the background check law, which came to life through Senate Bill 8 of the 2019 Legislative Session. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the bill into law in March, but the bill took effect in July. The new state firearms law requires a background check of a prospective buyer in every single gun sale in New Mexico, including private, person to person sales. The bill didn’t pass unnoticed. Numerous New Mexico sheriffs said last year that they believe the law is a waste of time. “Why would we even bother expending very scarce, very expensive man hours on investigating on a misdemeanor crime?” Sheriff Mark Cage of Eddy County told KRQE News 13 in an interview in 2019.   [full article]

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