Several new state laws are going into effect on Monday. Among them are taxes on vehicle sales which will rise by 33%, smaller public restrooms will become gender-neutral, and background checks will be required for nearly all firearm purchases. This law also has a limit on who can carry guns on school grounds, which keeps people accused of domestic violence from owning a firearm.
Around two dozen New Mexico sheriff’s have come out against the first law, saying it’s unenforceable and penalizes law abiding citizens. However, the attorney general says sheriffs and police chiefs risk legal liability if they don’t enforce the regulations.
The state is also raising its salaries and channeling more money toward public education initiatives to help at-risk students.

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