- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The Las Cruces City Council has approved a resolution calling on the New Mexico Legislature to pass a measure that would require comprehensive background checks for all firearm sales in the state.

The resolution drew strong opposition from the public, and the Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://bit.ly/29n4dJU) Councilor Ceil Levatino voted against it and Mayor Pro-tem Greg Smith unsuccessfully sought to table it.

While the resolution has no effect of law, Mayor Ken Miyagishima says the idea is to reduce gun violence and strengthen the criminal background check system.

Levatino says state law is already effective at blocking sales to those who have no right to possess a firearm under the law.

One resident started an online petition to send to Gov. Susana Martinez and lawmakers, saying the city council doesn’t represent them on this issue.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com

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