A New Mexico sheriff is investigating the gun control group “New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence” for potentially violating state law by not conducting background checks during a gun buyback program.
The group offered gift cards in exchange for firearms, disassembling any received guns.
The sheriff’s investigation stems from concerns that the group may not be exempt from the state’s universal background check law, which has limited exceptions. (Trending: Judge Announces Historic Ruling In Jeffrey Epstein Case)
“I want to inform you that I am investigating San Juan County citizens’ complaints on ‘New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence’ gun buyback program not complying with New Mexico State Law 30-7-7.1 ‘Unlawful sale of a firearm without a background check,’” the San Juan County Sheriff R. Shane Ferrari wrote.
“Reviewing the law I do not see where they are exempt from having to undergo a background check and are required to like anyone else. A sale is taking place (gift cards $100 and up), it is advertised as a purchase and called a ‘buy back,’” he said.
“Some may question the exemption ‘to law enforcement’ meaning if we (law enforcement) purchases the gun we don’t need a background check.”
“There are currently law enforcement agencies using tax dollars to purchase unwanted firearms (gun buyback) under the Governor’s current health order.”
“Those are lawful and covered as exemptions in the law. However, law enforcement is required to obtain a court order for destruction or other disposition.”
The group expressed regret over the investigation, emphasizing the importance of addressing gun violence in the community.
“It is tragic to see Sherif Ferrari care more about 9 destroyed guns than the safety of his community from gun violence,” NMPGV said.
“Guns were destroyed at their homes. Why this has so many holsters in a twist is beyond comprehension.”
“Why aren’t we talking about the real issue of gun violence in Farmington and San Juan County. Crickets every time we ask those questions,” the group wrote.