SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A conservative coalition is suing to overturn New Mexico’s new gun laws requiring background checks.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the New Mexico Patriots Advocacy Coalition filed a lawsuit this week challenging the constitutionality of New Mexico’s new gun laws requiring background checks before the sale of firearms. It’s also seeking to throw out a law prohibiting the possession of guns by domestic abusers.

The group also accused state officials of illegally blocking their right to petition for the repeal of 10 bills passed in this year’s Democratic-controlled legislative session.

Supporters of the new firearms laws contend the legislation will improve public safety without infringing on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

Matt Baca, senior counsel in the state’s Attorney General’s Office, described the litigation as frivolous.

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