This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved SB 39, NRA-backed "Castle Doctrine" legislation by State Senator Shannon Robinson (D-Albuquerque), which offers protection from criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits to individuals who justifiably use force to protect themselves and their families. The bill also contains language stating that you have "no duty to retreat" from a violent attack. SB 39 now moves to the full Senate for consideration, possibly over the weekend or early next week. Please contact your State Senators at (505) 986-4714 and urge them to support SB 39.
Also, HB 588, by State Representative John Heaton (D-Carlsbad), and SB 111, by State Senator Stuart Ingle (R-Portales), NRA-supported bills that would allow Concealed Handgun Licensees to protect themselves in establishments selling alcohol for off-premises consumption, are both currently in the House Business & Industry Committee, although no hearing has been scheduled on either measure yet. Please continue to contact members of the committee and urge them to support both HB 588 & SB 111. For contact information for the committee, please visit http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?id=2640.