FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 2, 2019

NM House Republican Leader Jim Townsend Resubmits Referendum Petition On Anti-2nd Amendment SB 8 To SOS 
Townsend calls on Toulouse Oliver to let people decide. 

SANTA FE—This afternoon, House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) renewed his effort to appeal for a public test of Senate Bill 8, legislation passed earlier this year that mandates citizen background checks on firearm sales in New Mexico. Townsend resubmitted his proposed draft petition to Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver for her office’s review and approval to distribute to voters.  

Townsend delivered a preliminary draft petition to the Secretary of State’s Office on March 11, 2019. Toulouse Oliver rejected the draft on March 21, 2019, citing technical issues. Townsend addressed those issues in his response to Toulouse Oliver today. 

“Senate Bill 8 proposes to limit the constitutional rights of New Mexicans. I say let the people decide on this matter that directly impacts their civil liberties,” said Townsend. “I have confidence in the citizens of New Mexico to determine if this legislation is right for our state. I hope the Secretary of State also has the same faith in New Mexicans and will uphold their right to have a referendum on Senate Bill 8.” 

Twenty-five counties in New Mexico have adopted 2nd Amendment sanctuary resolutions this year. In February, twenty-nine out of thirty-three county sheriffs signed a letter opposing the anti-2nd Amendment proposals being considered by the Legislature. In an interview with Stateline, Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace, the chairman of the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association, called the legislation, “unenforceable, overreaching, unconstitutional and a gun grab.” 

The Secretary of State’s Office has ten days to respond to Townsend’s petition. 
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We are pleased to announce that Zachary Fort will be the Guest Speaker at the Republican Party’s Monthly Meeting in April at the La Posta Mexican Restaurant in Mesilla. Zac is the current President of the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association. His talk will be to update us on the efforts to reverse the current laws just passed by the legislature to our 2nd Amendment rights. Please plan to attend and bring along a friend to see what we can all do to help preserve our gun ownership rights granted by our founding fathers!

Bring your BINGO Ink Blotters as Sue has set up a fundraising Bingo Game

We should have some more Red “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” Hats available for sale – just $15 each. You will be able to use your credit/debit card!

Unplanned Movie set for Premier Showing on Wednesday March 27th at Allen Theatres