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Gun restrictions stall in legislative panel

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Politics > Supporters hope to revive the measure

By Associated Press

SANTA FE (AP) — A proposal requiring criminal background checks of people buying firearms from private sellers stalled Monday in the Legislature.
The measure failed on an 8-8 vote in the House Judiciary Committee, with one Democrat joining Republicans in opposing it.
However, supporters hope to revive the measure.
Rep. Miguel Garcia, an Albuquerque Democrat who sponsored the bill, said he and others will consider revamping the bill and then try to bring it up for another vote later.
The debate over the gun legislation comes a month after a Connecticut school shooting that claimed 26 lives.
Federal law requires background checks for sales by licensed dealers in stores or at gun shows. However, the law doesn’t cover firearm sales between private individuals, whether at a gun show or someone’s home.
Garcia’s proposal would have required background checks of private gun sales, including at gun shows.


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