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ATTENTION New Mexico Concealed Handgun Licensees: Update on Important Rule Change Allowing Concealed Carry in State Parks

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Yesterday, the State Parks Division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department held a public hearing to accept input on proposed amendments to Section of the New Mexico Administrative Code, which includes a removal of the current ban on concealed handgun licensees carrying handguns in state parks.  A representative from the NRA-ILA testified in support of this rule change, along with several concealed handgun instructors from across the state.  No one spoke in opposition to this proposal.  The Department will continue to accept written comments on the measure until 5:00pm on October 31.  Please send comments by email to  or by USPS to April Alvarado, EMNRD State Parks Division, 1220 South St. Francis Drive; Santa Fe, NM 87505.

As you recall, state Representative Zach Cook (R-Ruidoso) sponsored, and Governor Susana Martinez (R) supported, legislation during this year's thirty-day budget session to overturn this restriction but opponents of the measure successfully stalled and prevented its passage. (NRA-ILA previously reported on this legislation here.) Now is your chance to express your support for this important policy change to win back your right to protect yourself in state parks!



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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.