The Democrats at NM Home announce proposals to scale back gun violence
Below are the details of the proposals released on Thursday that cover crime prevention, law enforcement support, pre-trial detention and sentences.
- Creation of the Bureau for the Prevention of Gun Violence, where state lawmakers would investigate problems and make proposals
- Funding the crime reduction grant program that would allow local governments to start their own crime reduction programs in their communities.
- Funding for more behavioral health workers
- Expansion of community schools and school health centers for the physical and mental well-being of children
- Promote environmental measures such as better street lighting
- Creation of a violence intervention program
- Creating a 24/7 teen detox and treatment center, a resource that proponents say doesn’t exist in Albuquerque
WEAPON CONTROL AND SECURITY
- Punishing gun owners who do not keep guns safe, resulting in children accessing them
- Limitation of magazine sizes
- Locking up “dangerous criminals” before trial, working with the governor and the courts on changes to the pre-trial detention system
- Increased funding for increased pre-trial surveillance of the GPS ankle monitors department
- Extending the statute of limitations and increasing the penalties for second-degree murder from a possible prison sentence of 15 years to 18 years
- Increase in penalties for operating illegal “chop shops” to take action against stolen cars.
- Increase penalties for theft of copper, catalytic converters, and other valuable materials
On pre-trial detention, these House Democrats join calls for more people charged with violent crimes to be incarcerated before trial, even though any changes would have to come from the courts.
“We can definitely share our opinion. I think everyone agrees that violent criminals shouldn’t be let out. If the state has strong arguments, they shouldn’t be fired before the trial, ”Maestas said.
In one example, Devin Munford was arrested, accused of shooting in front of a car, released and a few months later police say he shot a man.
The Democratic Group also wants better monitoring of GPS ankle ligaments and is calling for more workers to be funded.
“The culture of this agency needs to change to be available 24/7,” Maestas said.
The reporting by KOB 4 shows that this is not the case. The staff do not check at night and on weekends.
In terms of tougher sentences, these Democrats are calling for the possible sentence for second degree murder to be increased from 15 to 18 years.
Gun control proposals have been made, including punishing owners who do not keep their guns safe, an idea that is gaining support after police say an Albuquerque middle school student shot and killed a classmate last month.
These lawmakers also join the governor’s calls for more police funds, including for recruitment and higher salaries.
As we have reported, our state is forecast to have a massive inflow of cash that could be used in legislative decisions.
“The dollar signs will not hold us back. We must do everything in our power to reduce violent crime here in Albuquerque, ”said Maestas.
He believes the ideas should find Republican support, but statements sent to KOB 4 on Thursday leave this unclear.
House Republican Leader Jim Townsend said: “The Democrats are finally thinking about solving the rampant crime problem they created.”
Kim Skaggs, executive director of the Republican Party of New Mexico, called the proposals “weak” and “vague” and said the GOP had put forward many proposals.
“They (Democrats) have turned their heads and consistently thrown laws in the bin,” Skaggs said.
The concrete proposals of the Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham are expected to be published this autumn.