Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

New Mexico: House Committee to Hear HB 402, New York-Style Gun and Magazine Ban, this Thursday, February 21!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

If you care about your right to own firearms and ammunition in New Mexico, you MUST attend this hearing and contact state lawmakers in opposition to this terrible bill!

The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 402 this Thursday, February 21, at 1:30 pm (or upon adjournment of the House) in Room 315 of the State Capitol.  Please attend this hearing and voice your opposition to HB 402.  If this measure advances from this committee, it will go to the House Judiciary Committee.  Please also call AND e-mail committee members and urge them to oppose HB 402. (See listing below for committee member contact information.)

House Bill 402 by state Representative Stephen Easley (D-Eldorado), bans the future possession, transfer and transport of so-called “assault weapons” or “large-capacity ammunition-feeding devices.”  All such property owned in New Mexico prior to July 1, 2013 would be grandfathered, but the burden of proving ownership prior to that date is placed on the owner. Proving the date of purchase can be almost impossible and serial numbers do not exist on many magazines.

If HB 402 were enacted into law, ownership of the affected firearms and magazines could not be transferred AT ALL.  The only legal means of disposing of them would be through a gun “buyback” or surrender/turn-in program to law enforcement – no inheritance, no allowing a friend or relative to take custody of the prohibited property, no selling or transferring the property out-of-state or even to a federally licensed dealer (FFL).  Grandfathered owners of the firearms described below would be required to store them in a locked gun safe at all times except when the guns are being transported or used. Transportation would only be lawful if the firearm is unloaded, any detachable magazine is removed and the gun is equipped with a triggerlock.

The definition of “assault weapon” in HB 402 is an unmitigated disaster.  It does not list specifically-banned models but instead imposes a “one-feature test” for rifles, shotguns and pistols, as well as a catch-all for “a semi-automatic version of an automatic rifle, shotgun or firearm.”  A banned feature for both semi-automatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine and semi-automatic shotguns would be a “secondhand grip” OR a “protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand.”  Of course, ALL rifles and shotguns feature some sort of secondary gripping surface, as by definition they are designed or made to be fired from the shoulder and gripped with two hands.  So HB 402 could essentially ban ALL semi-automatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine and ALL semi-automatic shotguns, unless they fit into one of the very narrow exemptions in this bill.

HB 402 also bans ammunition feeding devices with a capacity to accept more than ten rounds of ammunition or that contain more than seven rounds of ammunition.  This conflicting language is just one example of how poorly-drafted this bill is in a rush to follow New York’s lead (where gun control advocates sought to reduce the existing ten round state limit to seven.)  Additionally, HB 402 includes prohibitions on items specifically excluded in even the most far-reaching bans we’ve seen to-date: full ten-round magazines routinely used for competition and feeding devices that are curios or relics!

This is one of the worst gun control bills filed in the entire country.  You can read the proposed measure yourself here.

The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 402 this Thursday, February 21, at 1:30 pm (or upon adjournment of the House) in Room 315 of the State Capitol.  Please attend this hearing and voice your opposition to HB 402.  If the measure advances from this committee, it will go to the House Judiciary Committee.  Please also call and e-mail committee members and urge them to oppose HB 402.

Recommendations for committee testimony/constituent contact with lawmakers:

• When testifying, please keep your comments under one minute and try not to repeat previous points made.  When e-mailing, make sure you put "OPPOSE HB 402" in the subject line and make your point brief in the body of the e-mail.

Always be respectful and polite when communicating with lawmakers.

• Speak to the bill and issue at hand, not a general constitutional argument.  For talking points against so-called “assault weapons” bans and limits on magazines, visit the NRA’s Gun Ban Facts page.

      House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee

 

Representative Eliseo Lee Alcon (D-Cibola & McKinley- 6) – Chairman

Phone: (505) 986-4844

E-mail:  eliseo.alcon@nmlegis.gov

 

Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Bernalillo-13) – Vice Chairman

Phone:  (505) 986-4243

E-mail:  pat.roybalcaballero@nmlegis.gov

 

Representative Thomas Anderson (R-Bernalillo-29)

Phone:  (505) 986-4451

E-mail:  Thomas.Anderson@nmlegis.gov

 

Representative Gail Chasey (D-Bernalillo-18)

Phone:  (505) 986-4412

E-mail:  Gail@GailChasey.com

 

Representative Jason Harper (R-Sandoval-57)

Phone:  (505) 986-4254

E-mail:  JasonHarperNM@gmail.com

 

 

    House Judiciary Committee

 

Representative Gail Chasey (D-Bernalillo-18) - Chairman

Phone:  (505) 986-4412

E-mail:  Gail@GailChasey.com

 

Representative Georgene Louis (D-Bernalillo-26) – Vice Chairman

Phone:  (505)

986-4464

E-mail:  georgene.louis@nmlegis.gov

 

Representative Eliseo Lee Alcon (D-Cibola & McKinley- 6)

Phone:  (505) 986-4844

E-mail:  eliseo.alcon@nmlegis.gov

 

Representative Cathrynn N. Brown (R-Eddy -55)

Phone:  (505) 986-4211

E-mail:  cath@cathrynnbrown.com

 

Representative Zachary J. Cook (R-Lincoln & Otero-56)

Phone:  (505)

986-4452

E-mail:  zachary.cook@nmlegis.gov

 

Representative Brian F. Egolf, Jr. (D-Santa Fe-47)

Phone:  (505)

986-4423

E-mail:  brian.egolf@nmlegis.gov

 

Representative Kelly K. Fajardo (R-Valencia- 7)

Phone:  (505)

986-4220

E-mail:  kelly.fajardo@nmlegis.gov

 

Representative Miguel P. Garcia (D-Bernalillo-14)

Phone:  (505)

986-4327

E-mail:  miguel.garcia@nmlegis.gov

 

Representative Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo-30)

Phone:  (505)

986-4757

E-mail:  natefornm@gmail.com

 

Representative Emily Kane (D-Bernalillo-15)

Phone:  (505)

986-4464

E-mail:  emilykane4nm@gmail.com

 

Representative Antonio "Moe" Maestas (D-Bernalillo-16)

Phone:  (505)

986-4774

E-mail:  antonio.maestas@nmlegis.gov

 

Representative Terry H. McMillan (R-Dona Ana-37)

Phone:  (505)

986-4450

E-mail:  docmcmillan@gmail.com

 

Representative Paul A. Pacheco (R-Bernalillo & Sandoval-23)

Phone:  (505)

986-4214

E-mail:  paul.pacheco@nmlegis.gov

 

Representative William R. "Bill" Rehm (R-Bernalillo-31)

Phone:  (505)

986-4214

E-mail:  bill.rehm@nmlegis.gov

 

Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Bernalillo-13)

Phone:  (505)

986-4243

E-mail:  pat.roybalcaballero@nmlegis.gov

 

Representative Mimi Stewart (D-Bernalillo-21)

Phone:  (505)

986-4842

E-mail:  mimi.stewart@nmlegis.gov

 

TRENDING NOW
“Death by a Thousand Cuts” – Latest Ninth Circuit decision proclaims “selling firearms is not part or parcel of the right to keep and bear arms”

Second Amendment  

Friday, October 13, 2017

“Death by a Thousand Cuts” – Latest Ninth Circuit decision proclaims “selling firearms is not part or parcel of the right to keep and bear arms”

Since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark rulings in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, lower courts across the country have expressed their disagreement with – or downright hostility to ...

Alleged Sexual Predator and Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein Threatens NRA (Again)

News  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Alleged Sexual Predator and Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein Threatens NRA (Again)

On October 5, the New York Times published an article titled, “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades.” The piece detailed allegations that the mogul used his position of influence to make unwanted ...

Gun Banners Unmasked: The Vengeful Face of the Anti-gun Agenda Emerges Once Again

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Gun Banners Unmasked: The Vengeful Face of the Anti-gun Agenda Emerges Once Again

What happens to the 400 million or so firearms already in private hands? How does society actually benefit from his plan? Stephens doesn’t say. He apparently just trusts that things would eventually work themselves out ...

California: Governor Brown Signs Remaining Anti-Gun Bill

Sunday, October 15, 2017

California: Governor Brown Signs Remaining Anti-Gun Bill

Yesterday, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 424, the remaining anti-gun bill on his desk. 

Shall-Issue Concealed Carry Coming Soon to the Nation’s Capital!

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Shall-Issue Concealed Carry Coming Soon to the Nation’s Capital!

It’s important to celebrate that law-abiding Americans are now closer than they have been in nearly half a century to being able to exercise their firearms freedom in our nation’s capital. That is real progress.

California: Governor Vetoes Dealer Storage Bill and Signs Open Carry Ban

Saturday, October 14, 2017

California: Governor Vetoes Dealer Storage Bill and Signs Open Carry Ban

Yesterday, Governor Brown took action on two of the remaining three anti-gun bills by vetoing Senate Bill 464 and signing Assembly Bill 7. 

Media Consumers Beware: Watchdogs Warn of Bias, Politics, and Influence Tainting the “News”

News  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Media Consumers Beware: Watchdogs Warn of Bias, Politics, and Influence Tainting the “News”

Project Veritas’s “American Pravda” series has focused on the media itself, with prior releases including segments on CNN producers and personalities casting doubt on the network’s own narrative about Russian influence in the U.S. presidential ...

Spokane Police To Use Suppressors To Protect Hearing

News  

Monday, October 16, 2017

Spokane Police To Use Suppressors To Protect Hearing

The Spokane PD has 181 service rifles in its inventory; using suppressors on them has the potential to reduce workers compensation claims and lawsuits from bystanders.

California: San Jose City Council to Consider Mandatory Locked Storage Ordinance

Monday, October 16, 2017

California: San Jose City Council to Consider Mandatory Locked Storage Ordinance

On Tuesday, October 17, the San Jose City Council will be discussing a proposed firearms ordinance that will require any person who possesses a firearm in their residence to store the firearm in a locked ...

Massachusetts: Gun Control Bill on the Move

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Massachusetts: Gun Control Bill on the Move

Today, without considering the unintended effects of such poorly thought out legislation, the Massachusetts state House of Representatives passed Amendment 1 attached to House Bill 3951 with overreaching language that would ban modifications commonly made ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

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.