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New Mexico Castle Doctrine Legislation Scheduled to be Heard in Committee on Tuesday!

Monday, January 29, 2007

 

Please Contact Committee Members Today!

State Representative John Heaton (D-Carlsbad) has introduced HB 163, NRA-backed "Castle Doctrine"/self-defense statute reform legislation. 

This bill is modeled on Florida's landmark law, creating presumptions of reasonableness for the use of defensive force in or around your home or occupied vehicle; codifying that you have "no duty to retreat" from a violent attack if you're in a place where you have a right to be, if you're not the initial aggressor, and if you're not engaged in criminal activity yourself; and establishing additional protections from civil liability if you lawfully protect yourself or your family. 

 

On Tuesday, January 30, the New Mexico House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on HB 163 at 1:30 p.m., in room 315 of the State Capitol in Santa Fe.  Please contact the committee members below and urge them to support HB 163.

 

State Representative Gayle Chasey (D-18, Chairman), 986-4844

State Representative Irvin Harrison (D-5, Vice-Chair), 986-4248

State Representative Thomas Anderson (R-29), 986-4452

State Representative Nora Espinoza (R-59), 986-4221

State Representative Moe Maestas (D-16), 986-4464

State Representative Al Park (D-26), 986-4411

State Representative Dub Williams (R-56), 986-4454      

 

Please make plans to attend this hearing, if your schedule permits.

To find further contact information or help identifying your legislators

please use the "Write Your Representative" feature found at www.NRAILA.org.

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