In an average year, 389 people die by guns in New Mexico. With a rate of 18.3 deaths per 100,000 people, our state has the eighth highest rate of gun deaths in the United States: 67 percent suicides and 27 percent homicides.
New Mexico is a gun culture and has the least restrictive firearms laws in the country. Only one gun safety bill was passed in the 2023 legislative session, a child access prevention bill which would make parents liable if a child injures or kills someone. Eight other bills failed to pass.
In the last 12 years, 104 bills focused on firearm control, safety, licensing and convictions were introduced and only 11 became law.
We partner with the nonprofit New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence and will continue to work with them in the legislature to pass as many bills as possible to prevent injury and death.