Rep. Nate Gentry Pre-files Legislation to Provide More Information on Background Checks for Individuals Purchasing Firearms
Measure would improve background check system
Santa Fe, NM – Rep. Nate Gentry pre-filed a bill today aimed at keeping individuals who may pose a threat to the community from possessing firearms. The bill would require the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to report additional information to the FBI for the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) which would make firearm purchase background checks more comprehensive.
The reporting requirements required by Gentry’s bill would bring New Mexico into compliance with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvements Amendments Act and would make New Mexico eligible for federal grants for improving reporting to the NICS system. Similar legislation has previously passed the legislature.
“Providing adequate information on background checks is essential to keeping firearms out of the hands of people who have been found by the courts to be a possible danger to our community,” Gentry said. “This bill is another way we can protect our communities from gun violence.”
The additional information that the AOC would be required to send for inclusion into the NCIC are any court proceeding in regards to a person’s eligibility to own a firearm or ammunition, changes and updates in regards to eligibility, and court orders and judgments or verdicts regarding an individual who is found by the court to be mentally ill or is committed to a mental institution.
Under this law, the AOC would also be required to notify a person if they have been found by the court to be mentally ill or committed to a mental institution that they are not eligible to own a firearm or ammunition.
In addition, the bill would provide a process for those who are not allowed to purchase a firearm by allowing them to petition the court for a hearing to determine if they pose a danger to the public. Through this process, the petitioner could have their rights restored.