Michael Bloomberg, through his captive anti-gun astroturf org Everytown for Gun Safety, has pumped million into states to find ways to infringe on the Second Amendment in ways he can’t on a federal level. His latest attempt, in New Mexico, was shot down on Monday. A key vote against the measure came from Representative Eliseo Alcon (D) Milan.
A legislative committee on Monday effectively killed a bill to expand background checks for gun purchases — an issue that drew large crowds to the Capitol as well as big campaign contributions and intense lobbying and advertising.
The House Judiciary Committee voted 7-6 to table House Bill 548 after a lengthy hearing. It marked the defeat of the most recent gun-control bill sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos.
Democrat Eliseo Alcon of Milan joined the six Republicans on the panel to stop the measure, which would have required background checks on all sales of firearms at gun shows and from advertisements on the internet or print publications.
The Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund has poured money into the state to advance civilian disarmament measures there.
In total, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund spent more than $250,000 during the 2016 election in New Mexico.
The NRA only spent $10,000 in New Mexico in 2016, but has spent $44,377 there in 2017 opposing the current gun control scheme. The money went to buy Internet ads to oppose the “universal background check” measure.
Representative Alcon didn’t receive any money from Everytown or from the NRA in 2016. He’s a disabled Vietnam veteran and was a judge before being elected to the legislature. Milan is a small town of 3,600 people that is located about half way between Albuquerque and the Arizona border.
Oh, and 32 of 33 New Mexico sheriffs opposed the legislation.
Opponents say the regulations wouldn’t actually deter criminals, who would just ignore them, and merely inconvenience law-abiding citizens. Sheriffs across New Mexico have turned out to oppose the legislation and say it wouldn’t have prevented Webster’s death because dangerous criminals will still find a way to get firearms.
New Mexico is a moderately gun friendly state that leans Democrat. It is also a mostly rural state that doesn’t like to be pushed around by out-of-state interests. Democrats hold majorities in both houses.
Second Amendment supporters count on rural Democrats like Representative Alcon to honor their oath to support the Constitution. For bucking the party line, he’s TTAG’s gun hero of the day.
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