SANTA FE, N.M. - The state House of Representatives passed the controversial House Bill 83 Wednesday in Santa Fe. The measure will now head to the Senate for consideration.
The measure is known as the 'Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act.'
It would allow law enforcement to take firearms away from people who are considered an immediate threat to themselves or others.
Supporters of the bill say it could decrease the number of suicides in New Mexico but opponents say it violates second amendment rights. In fact, two New Mexico counties have declared themselves 'Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties.'
The resolution in Socorro and Quay counties says the county sheriffs can decide whether they want to enforce the law or not.
The New Mexico Sheriff's Association released a statement about House Bill 83 saying, 'It violates due process and puts law enforcement in a more dangerous situation and does nothing to protect citizens.'
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a statement applauding the House's action on the bill.
'I am proud to support Representatives Daymon Ely and Joy Garratt and the New Mexico State House in passing House Bill 83,' said Gov. Lujan Grisham. 'We have a responsibility to do everything in our power to ensure the safety of New Mexicans, and this important, common sense gun violence prevention measure would undoubtedly save lives. New Mexico leaders have a duty to take action, and I applaud the House for doing so.'