Red flag laws aim to take guns away from people who "may pose a risk" to themselves or the public, but this group of LEO's won't enforce them.
The New Mexico Sheriffs Association successfully helped block red flag gun laws from passing in New Mexico in 2019, but lawmakers are already trying again with new legislation sponsored by State Sen Joseph Cervantes and backed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
The sheriffs are ready to fight this latest effort as well, saying the new “red flag” laws would be both ineffective and unconstitutional.
Group board member and Lincoln County Sheriff Robert Sheppard was quoted by Ruidoso News, saying “We have a duty to follow the Constitution and this bill violates due process, because there is no hearing before the government confiscates possessions.”
“It violates unlawful search and seizure 4th Amendment and the 5th Amendment. Someone can have this happen to them without ever committing a criminal act.”
Sheriff urges active opposition to Red Flag legislation https://t.co/SifbTuXuNo— DeepClips (@DeepClips) January 23, 2020
While the New Mexico Legislature won’t convene until next week, anti-gun legislators have already pre-filed multiple gun control bills, including “Red Flag” gun confiscation laws. https://t.co/Nf6UmWerZR pic.twitter.com/CCmMzRq0EP— Play the Man Podcast (@PlayTheManPod) January 19, 2020
Below is a grim example of Colorado's experience since passing red flag laws which contained language that was widely considered too accommodating in its definitions of “family members” and “household members.”
Cop ERPO Red Flagged By Mother of Man He Killed In 2017 Colorado Police Shooting; Mother Claims They Have Child Together https://t.co/0tKgMQ2ids— DeepClips (@DeepClips) January 23, 2020
Watch a video on the incident below.