A New Mexico state bill to expand background checks to most private gun transactions has been voted down by a legislative panel, ending chances for approval this year.
[Gun Owners of America activated its grassroots network in opposition to the Michael Bloomberg-endorsed legislation. GOA reported that New Mexico's sheriffs opposed the bill, which would have registered virtually every gun sale in the state -- and banned virtually every private transfer that did not first get permission from the government.]
The House Judiciary Committee on Monday failed to endorse the Democrat-sponsored initiative designed to extend background checks to gun sales arranged over the internet or on the sidelines of guns shows that don't involve a licensed dealer.
The bill pitted the national group Everytown for Gun Safety [founded by Michael Bloomberg] and local advocates against the firearms industry and the New Mexico Sheriff's Association.