On Monday, the New Mexico House of Representatives approved House Bill 106 by a 48 to 19 vote, with the measure receiving unanimous support from the House Republican Caucus and roughly a dozen members of the minority party. HB 106, sponsored by state Representative Paul Bandy (R-Aztec), extends the renewal period for a concealed handgun license from 60 to 90 days before and after it expires, removes the fingerprint requirement for license renewals and eliminates the mid-term two-year refresher course. Additionally, the House approved House Bill 189 by a 39 to 26 vote, with this legislation also receiving unanimous support from the Republican Caucus plus a handful of Democrats. HB 189, sponsored by state Representative Randy Crowder (R-Clovis), also eliminates the two-hour refresher course and extends the term of a license from four to five years.
These measures both move to the Senate for consideration, where they await committee referrals. They will most likely be referred to the Senate Public Affairs and Senate Judiciary Committee. Please begin contacting committee members and urging them to SUPPORT HB 106 & HB 189. Contact information for those committees is provided below.
Senate Judiciary Committee:
Senator Michael Sanchez (D-29)
Phone: (505) 865-0688
Senate Public Affairs Committee:
Senator Bill O’Neill (D-13), Vice Chair
Phone: (505) 450-9263