Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Weapons Safety Pushed.(Legislature)

Byline: S.U. Mahesh Journal Capitol Bureau

Bills Call For Added Equipment

SANTA FE Gun control emerged as a prominent issue during the first week of the legislative session.

Rep. Patsy Trujillo Knauer, D-Santa Fe, is sponsoring two bills. One would require child-safety locks on all weapons sold by licensed gun dealers in New Mexico; the other calls for gun owners with children to fit their weapons with trigger locks.

The second bill also would penalize handgun owners if their children brandished the weapon at somebody or wounded someone.

"I think we have to look at this issue as a health issue," Trujillo Knauer said Monday. "We should start protecting our children. …

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