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January 22, 2014
Mayor David Coss - Rally to Urge Governor Martinez to Hear HB-44 the Firearms Transfer Act -

 Mayor David Coss and New Mexicans for Gun Safety Call on Governor Martinez to Take Critical First Step Toward Requiring Criminal Background Checks for

All Gun Sales

 Close “Gun Show Loophole” and Require New Mexico to Submit Records to National Background Check System by Passing HB-44

Mayor David Coss and New Mexicans for Gun Safety invite concerned citizens to a rally in support of House Bill-44 at the state capitol on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at noon on the east side of the building and to sign the petition that will be presented to Governor Martinez.

“It is simply unacceptable that we have seen yet another shooting in one of our school’s and have yet to take action to close the gun show loophole and require New Mexico to submit records to the national background check system.  We need to pass House Bill 44 during this Legislative session,” says Mayor David Coss.

The New Mexico legislature begins on Tuesday and House Bill 44, the Firearms Transfer Act, pre-filed by Representative Miguel Garcia, is legislation that would require criminal background checks at gun shows and obligate New Mexico to submit all relevant records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) will never be heard unless Governor Martinez issues a message for it.

“It is time to consider common-sense gun reforms and pass stronger gun laws in New Mexico,” said Mayor David Coss. “By taking the first step and requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales, we can make it difficult for felons, domestic abusers, and the seriously mentally ill to get their hands on guns."

Concerned citizens that would like to sign the petition can do so online by going to: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/background-checks-for-6?source=s.fwd&r_by=5733561.

HB-44 closes the gun show loophole making it impossible for criminals, those suffering from mental illness, teenagers, and domestic violence offenders from going to a gun show and purchasing a gun.

"In the light of Tuesday’s tragic school shooting in Roswell, all New Mexicans and the nation pray for the for the swift recovery of the two children wounded in the incident, and offer support for the students and staff of Berrendo Middle School and the entire Roswell community,” says Miranda Viscoli, co-president of New Mexicans for Gun Safety. “New Mexico cannot wait to not pass HB-44.”

New Mexico is the 10th worst state for gun deaths. For women it is worse. In 2010 the state was the 7th worst for women being killed -- the majority of deaths caused by firearms. New Mexicans 19 years old and younger are killed by guns at a rate 60% higher and murdered at a rate 40% higher than the national average.

Concerned citizens are encouraged to call the Governor Martinez’s office call at 505-476-2200 or e-mail her at [bot protected email address] and ask her to call HB-44 let her know that it deserves to be heard.

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