Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Right to Self-Defense Top Priority in New Mexico

Friday, February 7, 2003

On Wednesday, February 12, the New Mexico State Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 23, NRA-backed Right to Carry legislation, sponsored by Senator Shannon Robinson (D-Albuquerque.) This bill resolves the constitutional problems that led the New Mexico Supreme Court to throw out the state`s old Right to Carry law (see below).

The hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Room 321 of the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Please make plans to attend. Please call the following key committee members and urge them to support SB 23 and law-abiding citizens` right to protect themselves responsibly. You can also reach them by clicking the "Write Your Legislators" icon at the bottom of this page.

Key Senate Judiciary Committee Members:

District 29 -- Senator Michael Sanchez (505) 986-4487

District 10 -- Senator Ramsay Gorham (505) 986-4369

District 7 -- Senator Clinton Harden (505) 986-4260

District 9 -- Senator Steve Komadina (505) 986-4377

District 5 -- Senator Richard Martinez (505) 986-4389

District 20 -- Senator Bill Payne (505) 986-4276

District 4 -- Senator Lidio Rainaldi (505) 986-4310

Summary of SB 23 (Right To Carry)

Senate Bill 23 closely resembles the House-passed version of Right to Carry which passed in 2001 (then-HB 277; available at www.state.nm.us) minus the unconstitutional local option provision. Other proposed changes from what passed in 2001 are outlined below:

Extending the period for which a concealed handgun license is valid from one to four years. Requiring license holders to re-apply for a license every year, and for DPS to process such applications annually, creates an overwhelming bureaucratic burden on the system and will ultimately discourage people from obtaining licenses. Most states have established a term of validity for licenses ranging from 3-5 years.

Removing the requirement that applicants train and be licensed for the specific caliber of handgun they carry. Applicants will still be required to complete action-specific training (semi-automatic vs. revolver). But caliber-specific training is burdensome for both experienced applicants (who may own a range of caliber of handguns) or novice applicants (who will want the advice and experience of their instructor to determine what caliber is best to carry for their particular self-defense needs and comfort-level.)

Establish time-limit on DUI disqualifier for obtaining a license. The bill currently prohibits anyone ever convicted of a DUI offense from being able to obtain a license. We feel a more appropriate disqualifier would be a DUI conviction within the five years immediately preceding application for a license to carry.

 Addition of language to recognize valid out-of-state licenses from contiguous states, when the license holder travels through New Mexico. Neighboring states such as Arizona and Texas, for example, have laws very similar to proposed legislation here in New Mexico, and both states are considering legislation to streamline their reciprocity clauses so that New Mexico licenses will be recognized in those states.

Addition of severability clause.

 

 

TRENDING NOW
“Death by a Thousand Cuts” – Latest Ninth Circuit decision proclaims “selling firearms is not part or parcel of the right to keep and bear arms”

Second Amendment  

Friday, October 13, 2017

“Death by a Thousand Cuts” – Latest Ninth Circuit decision proclaims “selling firearms is not part or parcel of the right to keep and bear arms”

Since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark rulings in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, lower courts across the country have expressed their disagreement with – or downright hostility to ...

Alleged Sexual Predator and Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein Threatens NRA (Again)

News  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Alleged Sexual Predator and Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein Threatens NRA (Again)

On October 5, the New York Times published an article titled, “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades.” The piece detailed allegations that the mogul used his position of influence to make unwanted ...

Gun Banners Unmasked: The Vengeful Face of the Anti-gun Agenda Emerges Once Again

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Gun Banners Unmasked: The Vengeful Face of the Anti-gun Agenda Emerges Once Again

What happens to the 400 million or so firearms already in private hands? How does society actually benefit from his plan? Stephens doesn’t say. He apparently just trusts that things would eventually work themselves out ...

California: Governor Brown Signs Remaining Anti-Gun Bill

Sunday, October 15, 2017

California: Governor Brown Signs Remaining Anti-Gun Bill

Yesterday, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 424, the remaining anti-gun bill on his desk. 

Shall-Issue Concealed Carry Coming Soon to the Nation’s Capital!

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Shall-Issue Concealed Carry Coming Soon to the Nation’s Capital!

It’s important to celebrate that law-abiding Americans are now closer than they have been in nearly half a century to being able to exercise their firearms freedom in our nation’s capital. That is real progress.

California: Governor Vetoes Dealer Storage Bill and Signs Open Carry Ban

Saturday, October 14, 2017

California: Governor Vetoes Dealer Storage Bill and Signs Open Carry Ban

Yesterday, Governor Brown took action on two of the remaining three anti-gun bills by vetoing Senate Bill 464 and signing Assembly Bill 7. 

Media Consumers Beware: Watchdogs Warn of Bias, Politics, and Influence Tainting the “News”

News  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Media Consumers Beware: Watchdogs Warn of Bias, Politics, and Influence Tainting the “News”

Project Veritas’s “American Pravda” series has focused on the media itself, with prior releases including segments on CNN producers and personalities casting doubt on the network’s own narrative about Russian influence in the U.S. presidential ...

Spokane Police To Use Suppressors To Protect Hearing

News  

Monday, October 16, 2017

Spokane Police To Use Suppressors To Protect Hearing

The Spokane PD has 181 service rifles in its inventory; using suppressors on them has the potential to reduce workers compensation claims and lawsuits from bystanders.

California: San Jose City Council to Consider Mandatory Locked Storage Ordinance

Monday, October 16, 2017

California: San Jose City Council to Consider Mandatory Locked Storage Ordinance

On Tuesday, October 17, the San Jose City Council will be discussing a proposed firearms ordinance that will require any person who possesses a firearm in their residence to store the firearm in a locked ...

Massachusetts: Gun Control Bill on the Move

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Massachusetts: Gun Control Bill on the Move

Today, without considering the unintended effects of such poorly thought out legislation, the Massachusetts state House of Representatives passed Amendment 1 attached to House Bill 3951 with overreaching language that would ban modifications commonly made ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.