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New Mexico: Measure to Ban Firearms in The Roundhouse Returns

Monday, February 16, 2015

New Mexico: Measure to Ban Firearms in The Roundhouse Returns

Concealed Carry Reform Bills Continue To Move

Last week, state Representative Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) introduced House Resolution 4 to amend House rules and ban the possession of firearms in the House chamber, galleries, lounge, hallways and committee rooms by anyone except law enforcement or concealed carry license holders.  In 2014, he filed a similar measure which passed out of the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote and then died in the House Rules Committee.  This solution in search of a problem is back and has been referred to the House Rules Committee.  Please contact House Rules Committee members and urge them to OPPOSE HR 4.  Their contact information can be found here:

Earlier in session, state Senator Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe) filed Senate Resolution 1 to amend Senate rules and ban the possession of firearms, except by law enforcement, in the Senate chamber, galleries, lounge, hallways and committee rooms.  SR 1 was referred to the Senate Rules and Senate Judiciary Committees but has not yet been scheduled for a hearing in the first committee.  Please contact Senate Rules Committee members and urge them to OPPOSE SR 1.  Their contact information can be found here

On the proactive front, several NRA-backed measures which eliminate the mid-term, two-hour refresher course for concealed handgun licensees and make other key reforms to the state’s carry laws have been reported out of their first committee and await consideration by a second.  New Mexico is the only state in the country that imposes such an unnecessary and burdensome training requirement on its license holders.

Senate Bill 118, sponsored by state Senator Steve Neville (R-Aztec), and Senate Bill 268, sponsored by state Senator Craig Brandt (R-Rio Rancho), await action by the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Both bills eliminate the mid-term, two-hour refresher course for concealed handgun licensees and the fingerprint requirement on renewal license applications.  (SB 268 also removes the category- and caliber-specific restrictions for training and licensure and exempts active or honorably discharged military service personnel from application fees and firearm qualification requirements.)  Please call and email Senate Judiciary Committee members and urge them to SUPPORT SB 118 as well as SB 268.  Contact information can be found here:

House Bill 106, sponsored by state Representative Paul Bandy (R-Aztec), and House Bill 189, sponsored by state Representative Randy Crowder (R-Clovis), await action by the House Judiciary Committee.  HB 106 eliminates the mid-term, two-hour refresher course for concealed handgun licensees and the fingerprint requirement on renewal license applications; HB 189 also eliminates the two-hour refresher course and extends the term of a license from four to five years.  Please contact House Judiciary Committee members and urge them to SUPPORT HB 106 & HB 189.  Contact information can be found here

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Friday, December 7, 2018

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Guns and Taxes

David Hogg wants a federal tax on firearms and ammunition. He has repeatedly broached the idea, including multiple times on Twitter, and only sometimes suggests a use for the tax revenue. Hogg’s tweets on a ...

Checks and Balances? Massachusetts Executive Branch Flouts Court Orders on Firearms Licenses

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Checks and Balances? Massachusetts Executive Branch Flouts Court Orders on Firearms Licenses

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Surprise: Study Finds No Rise in Violent Crime Attributable to Adopting Right-to-Carry Laws

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Surprise: Study Finds No Rise in Violent Crime Attributable to Adopting Right-to-Carry Laws

As we’ve noted recently, much research purporting to demonstrate connections between access to guns or right-to-carry laws and increases in crime is seriously flawed.  Often it's an attempt to curtail or eliminate Americans’ rights under the Second ...

Warning to New Mexico Gun Owners: Expect Unprecedented Attacks On Your Second Amendment Rights During The 2019 Legislative Session

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Warning to New Mexico Gun Owners: Expect Unprecedented Attacks On Your Second Amendment Rights During The 2019 Legislative Session

While the New Mexico Legislature will not convene for its 60-day Regular Session until January 15, lawmakers can start prefiling bills on December 17. 

Levi’s Teams with Billionaire Michael Bloomberg to Attack Gun Rights

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Levi’s Teams with Billionaire Michael Bloomberg to Attack Gun Rights

Levi Strauss & Co. established its brand in the mid-19th century by selling durable clothing to working-class Americans. As Levi’s signature jeans gained popularity amongst a wider set in the middle of the last century, ...

Engineering Professor Shares Thoughts on Constitutional Law, Calls for Handgun Ban

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Engineering Professor Shares Thoughts on Constitutional Law, Calls for Handgun Ban

In a recent piece for the Bangor Daily News ironically titled, “Why banning handguns makes sense,” Associate University of Maine Electrical Engineering Professor George Elliott struggled to argue why the tools of self-defense have no ...

Anti-Gun Researchers Undermine the Anti-Gun Narrative

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Anti-Gun Researchers Undermine the Anti-Gun Narrative

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Retired Anti-Gun Justice Reveals Attempts to Thwart Landmark Heller Decision

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Retired Anti-Gun Justice Reveals Attempts to Thwart Landmark Heller Decision

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