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LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF NEW MEXICO RESPONDS TO BERNALILLO COUNTY GUN “BUYBACK” EVENT OF FEBRUARY 9, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
03/01/13

Contact:

Mike Blessing, State Chair
(505) 249-1248
  Alternate: Elizabeth Hanes, Press Secretary
(505) 205-0253

[ALBUQUERQUE] – The Libertarian Party of New Mexico (LPNM) strongly condemns the use of taxpayer money to conduct so-called “buybacks” of firearms in Bernalillo County. Such activities constitute a waste of tax dollars and do nothing to serve public safety.

“First, this wasn't a buy-back event at all. The word ‘buy-back’ assumes that you originally owned the guns and are buying them back, when the truth is that the firearms purchased by BCSO weren't owned by Bernalillo County in the first place,” said LPNM State Chair Mike Blessing. “Second, this event was advertised and reported upon as some sort of ‘public service,’ in order to ‘get the guns off the streets.’ This is code-speak from the victim disarmament crowd for getting firearms away from private citizens, whom as ‘we all know,’ ‘can't be trusted’ with any weapon more powerful than a plastic straw loaded with spitballs.”

At the event, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office reportedly confiscated 333 firearms, some of them assumed to be stolen property. Criminals turning in stolen weapons were subsequently compensated – no questions asked - using taxpayer dollars, thereby creating great incentive for these lawbreakers to target law-abiding gun owners for burglary.

“The LPNM decries this waste of taxpayer money, not only the $50,000 paid out to individuals surrendering firearms but also the wages of law enforcement officers conducting the event,” Blessing added. “The LPNM will continue to work to abolish this sort of nonsensical activity by our county officials.”

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ABOUT THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF NEW MEXICO

Established in 1971, LPNM is the third-largest political party in the state. LPNM seeks to preserve personal liberty and freedom by opposing new or more restrictive laws, new or more expensive spending programs, and new or higher taxes. Guided by the Non-Aggression Principle, which opposes the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals, Libertarians promote peace, personal freedom, and unfettered capitalism.

Official LPNM website: [TK]