In this undated photo provided by Claire Chase for Congress, Claire Chase, a Republican candidate for U.S. House in southern New Mexico, shoots at a “red flag” in an online campaign ad shot in Caprock, N.M. to protest a state proposed red-flag gun law. (Claire Chase for Congress via AP)
UPDATED 2:54 PM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020
New Mexico Republican congressional candidate Claire Chase is speaking out against new gun legislation in the state. Chase released a campaign ad on Thursday and said the proposed ‘red flag’ gun law approved by the state’s Democrat-led legislature is unconstitutional.
The legislation allows law enforcement officers to take guns away from individuals who they think pose a danger to themselves or others. Chase and other gun rights advocates have said the legislation doesn’t allow legal due process and is based on unconfirmed evidence.
“This piece of legislation is an attack on our constitutional rights that would make ‘innocent until proven guilty’ into ‘guilty until proven innocent,’” she said. “Today, I have a few words for those liberals in Santa Fe: Come and take ‘em.”
The GOP candidate is hoping to unseat Democrat Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), who narrowly won the seat in 2018. The race will be crucial for Republicans as they aim to regain control of the House.