New Mexico: House Republicans United in Opposition to Looming “Assault Weapons” Ban

Posted on February 20, 2013


Yesterday, the New Mexico House Republican Caucus sent this letter to state House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee Chairman Eliseo Alcon and Democratic committee members, outlining their firm opposition to House Bill 402.  This NRA-opposed New York-style ban on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines will be heard in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee tomorrow, February 21, at 1:30 pm (or upon adjournment of the House) in Room 315 of the State Capitol.

The following state Representatives comprise the House Republican Caucus -- please contact and thank them for urging their colleagues to reject these ineffective, invasive restrictions on law-abiding citizens and focus, instead, on enforcing existing state and federal firearms statutes against the criminals who violate them.  More information on House Bill 402 can be found here.  Contact information for state representatives can be found here.

Rep. Nate Gentry (HD 30-ABQ)

Rep. Jimmie Hall (HD 28-ABQ)

Rep. Jim Smith (HD 22-Sandia Park)

Rep. David Gallegos (HD 61-Eunice)

Rep. James R.J. Strickler (HD 2-Farmington)

Rep. Nora Espinoza (HD 59-Roswell)

Rep. Yvette Herrell (HD 51-Alamogordo)

Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (HD 8-Los Lunas)

Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell (HD 58-Roswell)

Rep. Bob Wooley (HD 66-Roswell)

Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage (HD 4-Kirtland)

Rep. Terry McMillan (HD 37-Las Cruces)

Rep. Zach Cook (HD 56-Ruidoso)

Rep. Paul Bandy (HD 3-Aztec)

Rep. Kelly Fajardo (HD 7-Belen)

Rep. Monica Youngblood (HD 68-ABQ)

Rep. William Gray (HD 54-Artesia)

Rep. Don Tripp (HD 49-Socorro)

Rep. James White (HD 20-ABQ)

Rep. Anna Crook (HD 64-Clovis)

Rep. Larry Larranaga (HD 27-ABQ)

Rep. Jason Harper (HD 57-Rio Rancho)

Rep. Tom Taylor (HD 1-Farmington)

Rep. Paul Pacheco (HD 23-ABQ)

Rep. Tom Anderson (HD 29-ABQ)

Rep. Tim Lewis (HD 60-Rio Rancho)

Rep. Dennis Roch (HD 67-Texico)

Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert (HD 44-Corrales)

Rep. Don Bratton (HD 62-Hobbs)

Rep. Bill Rehm (HD 31-ABQ)


* Reps. Dianne Hamilton (HD 38-Silver City) & Cathrynn Brown (HD 55-Carlsbad) were excused from the Legislature when the letter was circulated for signature, but both also oppose HB 402.


Further Reading

  • New Mexico: House Committee to Hear HB 402, New York-Style Gun and Magazine Ban, this Thursday, February 21!

    The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 402 this Thursday, February 21, at 1:30 pm (or upon adjournment of the House) in Room 315 of the State Capitol.  Please attend this hearing and voice your opposition to HB 402.  If this measure advances from this committee, it will go to the House Judiciary Committee.  Please also call AND e-mail committee members and urge them to oppose HB 402. (See listing below for committee member contact information.)

  • New Mexico House Passes Watered-Down Version of House Bill 77 While House Bill 402 Still Awaits House Committee Consideration

    Yesterday, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed House Bill 77 by a 43-26 vote, sending this measure to the state Senate for its consideration.  Earlier this week, HB 77 was withdrawn from the House Appropriations and Finance Committee since it no longer contained an appropriation needed to implement this measure as amended by the House Judiciary Committee.  While HB 77, introduced by Rep. Miguel Garcia (D-ABQ), has undergone significant revisions over the last two weeks, NRA-ILA still opposes this measure.  Click here to find out how your Representative voted on this bill.  Please be sure to contact and thank those who stood firm against this measure and also call and e-mail your state Senator to oppose HB 77.  Contact information for state lawmakers can be found here.