Albuquerque, N.M. – After New Mexico Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate put up a fight to protect our communities from gun violence, the Democratic Party of New Mexico pointed out that Nora Espinoza sponsored a bill that would risk the safety of our communities and prohibit the enforcement of federal gun laws in New Mexico.
When the vast majority of Americans support common-sense gun safety measures aimed at preventing gun violence, Nora Espinoza made a clear statement that she would rather use an underhanded bill to push the NRA agenda, than put New Mexicans first and keep our communities safe.
“If Nora Espinoza is willing to risk the safety of our communities with careless and risky proposals that undermine federal safety measures, how can we trust her to enforce our most important federal law – the right to vote,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Our Secretary of State’s office has been plagued with reckless behavior, and we cannot let Nora Espinoza’s irresponsible policy positions to continue that embarrassing legacy.”
Nora Espinoza’s legislation would have punished any law enforcement officer, government official, or firearm dealer to try to enforce federal gun laws in our state.
Nora Espinoza continues to make the absurd assertion that voters should ignore her nine years as one of the most extreme right-wing members of the Legislature – a record that includes attempts to legalize discrimination against LGBT New Mexicans, ban books by Hispanic authors and interfere with women’s personal healthcare decisions.
Nora Espinoza’s record shows that she’s wildly unqualified to serve as Secretary of State and second in line to the Governorship.