Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday issued the following statement after Senate Bill 5, providing law enforcement officers with another proven-effective tool to proactively address the scourge of gun violence in communities all across New Mexico, passed the Senate floor by a vote of 22-20.
“If we have in front of us the means to save even one life, the life of one of our neighbors, a member of our extended New Mexico family, we must take it up. With Senate Bill 5, we do, and we are.
“The senators voting yes today showed courage and backbone. All of New Mexico owes them thanks for standing up to be part of the solution – and for standing against misinformation and fear. I particularly want to thank Senator Cervantes for his leadership.
“Every single suicide, every single gun death in our state is preventable. If we accept that fact, and we recognize the status quo as unacceptable, we must act. An extreme-risk protection order is yet another tool for public safety officers in our state. This legislation strikes the proper balance. It is necessary. And it will save lives. I look forward to working with members of the House and our terrific co-sponsors there, Representative Ely and Representative Garratt, to assure it reaches my desk.”
Extreme-risk protection orders, a mechanism for enhancing public safety and reducing the risk of mass gun violence, have already been enacted in 17 states and the District of Columbia. They have been enacted by both Republican- and Democratic-led states and have been endorsed as necessary by national politicians of both parties, including President Donald Trump.