Because of their involvement in a gun buyback program, a sheriff in New Mexico is looking into a gun control organization.
Sheriff R. Shane Ferrari of San Juan County is investigating NMPGV for possible breaches of New Mexico State Law 30-7-7.1, which mandates background checks for 90% of firearm purchases.
Gift vouchers were issued to citizens of Farmington, New Mexico, as part of NMPGV’s private firearm buyback program. The program said that it had disassembled all firearms it had obtained.
Except for those seeking to enforce laws, get federal firearms permits, or transact among immediate family members, all applicants in New Mexico are required by law to undergo background checks, according to a measure signed into law in 2019 by Democrat Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
But sheriffs say NMPGV should be required to do background checks just like everyone else.
Gift cards valued at $100 and more are being advertised with “buybacks,” and a promotion is ongoing. Because some police departments are misusing public money to buy weapons they don’t need. The sheriff believes that the exemption doesn’t extend beyond law enforcement.
A court order is required before law enforcement may dispose of or destroy firearms.
Social media posts by NMPGV expressed disbelief that the sheriff had investigated them. The organization called Sherif Ferrari’s prioritization of 9 destroyed firearms above community gun safety unfortunate.
A report shows that in order for a weapon to be deemed destroyed and cease to be subject to regulation, the ATF establishes precise standards for its disassembly.
According to those rules, you have to make at least three different cuttings to totally separate the gun in key areas, like the mounting region for the barrel and the space for the firing control component.
The ATF may see an unregistered short-barreled rifle as an incorrectly dismantled long gun that has all other essential parts intact, such as the barrel. But charges of illegally disabling weapons in a federal court are very unusual.