On Eve of Parkland Tragedy, House Floor Passes Gun Safety Measure to Save Lives

On Eve of Parkland Tragedy, House Floor Passes Gun Safety Measure to Save Lives

Santa Fe – Tonight, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed a gun safety measure designed to save lives. House Bill 83, Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order act, sponsored by Representative Daymon Ely (D-Corrales) and Representative Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque), would be a tool to help prevent violent crimes by allowing families and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms if that person appeared to pose an immediate threat to themselves or others.

A common thread in many high-profile shootings is that, even before violence occurred, the family members of the shooter saw their loved ones engage in dangerous behavior and grew concerned about the risk of them harming themselves or others. One such case is from one year ago.  The mother of the Parkland shooter had contacted law enforcement multiple times, and his guardian had described him as a “ticking time bomb.”  A gap in most states’ laws makes it hard for families and law enforcement to intervene.  

“This legislation has already been adopted in thirteen states,” said Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque). “It’s time for New Mexico to pass this critical legislation to keep guns out of the hands of those who are a danger to themselves or others. We are living in a time where gun violence is almost normalized – but tonight, I am proud to say that the New Mexico State House said ‘Not one more.’”

“This legislation will save lives, and as legislators, we must do everything we can to protect New Mexicans from senseless gun violence,” said Rep. Daymon Ely (D-Corrales). “I am proud of the House for passing this important bill. We must send this important bill to the Governor.”

“Communities in New Mexico are demanding that lawmakers step up and do more to take on the gun violence crisis. They have an opportunity to lead by passing the Extreme Risk Firearm Protective Order bill, which will give law enforcement the tools to remove guns from individuals in crisis. We are counting on the New Mexico House and Senate to pass this effective, life-saving bill," said former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.   

House Bill 83 passed the House Floor and now moves to the Senate for consideration.