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House OKs gun-buyer background checks

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — More people buying firearms in New Mexico will undergo a criminal background check under legislation approved by the House.

The measure will require background checks for private sales of handguns, rifles and shotguns at gun shows.

The House approved the bill Wednesday on a 43-26 vote and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

Federal law requires background checks for sales by licensed dealers, including at gun shows, but doesn't cover private gun sales.

Supporters of the legislation contend that expanded background checks will help prevent sales of firearms to people prohibited from having them, including convicted felons and individuals with a history of mental illness.

Gun rights activists say the measure won't stop criminals from acquiring firearms

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