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.
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