Bill ending 'gun show loophole' gets OK

SANTA FE (KRQE) — Gun-control advocates scored a victory in a legislative committee at the roundhouse Friday night.

A bill requiring background checks at gun shows passed the House Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support.

The amended bill, however, does not require background checks for private sales as its sponsor originally proposed.

It does include a component Gov. Susana Martinez was pushing for: making it easier for a person's mental health issues to show up during checks.

The governor's spokesperson said if the bill makes it through the legislature in its current form, she'd sign it.

Earlier in the day gun-rights advocates displaying firearms and placards rallied outside the Capitol in opposition to expanded regulation of gun ownership.

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