This week, NRA-backed Right to Carry bills SB 23, sponsored by Senator Shannon Robinson (D-17), and HB 916, sponsored by Representative John Heaton (D-15), passed the House Judiciary Committee, the House Appropriations & Finance Committee and, finally, the House floor on 50-19 and 50-18 votes, respectively. While it looks like time will run out on HB 916, SB 23 has already passed the Senate. It is expected that the Senate will vote to concur with House amendments to SB 23 before final adjournment on Saturday evening, sending SB 23 to Governor Bill Richardson (D) for his expected signature. Thanks to all of you who made phone calls and trips to Santa Fe in support of these bills; this is a tremendous grassroots victory!
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.