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February 23, 2018

Dear Editor,

I found it shocking that state Senator Bill Sharer filibustered and ultimately killed a gun safety bill that had unanimous bipartisan support in the Roundhouse this week -- doing it just one day after the Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, that still has the country reeling.

The Aztec high school shooting happened in Sen. Sharer’s backyard just months ago. The bill, a memorial asking the FBI to alert local law enforcement whenever a prohibited purchaser attempts to buy a firearm, earned unanimous support in the House and sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee likewise. For Sen. Sharer to oppose such a common sense measure to empower local sheriffs and police across the state to prevent the next tragedy is appalling. Why?

Does Sen. Sharer question the ability of our law enforcement to know how to use this information? Does he feel that known criminals and dangerous people have a right to privacy when they attempt to buy a firearm? Why did he ignore the strong public support of the head of the Albuquerque Police Department and Bernalillo County District Attorney for this measure?

Sen. Sharer made our entire state less safe when he forced this bill to fail. As we saw with the Parkland shooting, mass murderers almost never appear out of nowhere. They’re often dangerous people with a pattern of disturbing criminal activity leading up to the unthinkable. I trust our law enforcement to help prevent the next tragedy in NM. It seems that Sen. Sharer doesn’t.

Emilie De Angelis



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