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Three Pro-Gun Bills Fall Short in New Mexico as Legislature Adjourns

Monday, March 23, 2009

Thank You to Those Who Answered the Call to Action!

The New Mexico Legislature adjourned sine die on Saturday, March 21.  Thanks to your phone calls and emails, three NRA-backed measures made tremendous progress through the legislative process, but fell just short of the goal line: Senate Bill 608 authored by State Senator George Munoz (D-4), New Mexico’s restaurant carry legislation, and Senate Bill 507 introduced by State Senator Stuart Ingle (R-27), a bill that would have eliminated the two-hour refresher course for certain Concealed Handgun Licensees. SB 608 and SB 507 each passed two Senate committees, the full Senate, and two House committees -- only to fail to receive consideration by the full House due to a crowded calendar on the last day of session. 

House Bill 105, introduced by State Representative John Heaton (D-55), the House version of the restaurant carry bill, passed two House committees and the full House -- only to die in the Senate Judiciary Committee, after it failed to reach a quorum on the last day it was scheduled to consider bills. 

NRA-ILA will follow up later this week to give you a list of legislators who were key to the progress we made on these important issues the first-time out.  We fully intend to pursue similar measures in future legislative sessions!

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