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New Mexico House Narrowly Passes Waiting Period Bill, Sending HB 129 to the Senate

Sunday, February 4, 2024

New Mexico House Narrowly Passes Waiting Period Bill, Sending HB 129 to the Senate

Senate Committee Already Set to Hear HB 129 on Monday!

Dear Second Amendment Supporters:

Late Friday afternoon, the New Mexico House narrowly passed House Bill 129 on a 37-33 vote after amending the original 14-day delay for gun buyers. HB 129 now imposes a 7-day waiting period on firearms purchases by law-abiding citizens, including concealed handgun licensees and anyone else who passes a firearm background (NICS) check. This is more than double the length of the gun purchase delay in the neighboring state of Colorado (3 days).

Click here to find out how your State Representative voted on this state-mandated delay on the exercise of your Second Amendment right to purchase and own firearms.  If you don't know who your State Representative is, please visit https://www.nmlegis.gov/Members/Find_My_Legislator.

In an effort to fast-track this bill to anti-gun governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, the radical progressive members of the New Mexico Senate gave this bill a single committee referral. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 129 on Monday, February 5, at 1:30pm (or ½ hour after the Senate adjourns from its floor session) in Room 321 of the State Capitol. This is the last opportunity to stop this legislation before it heads to the Senate floor.

To attend the committee meeting via zoom webinar, click the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81502543362 or call 1 (253) 205-0468.

Webinar ID: 815 0254 3362

You may also submit written comments opposing HB 129 (up to 300 words) to committee members in advance of the hearing by emailing them to [email protected].

Please make plans to attend Monday's hearing in-person or via Zoom.  It is also critical that you contact your State Senators and urge them to OPPOSE both HB 129 and SB 69, the Senate's 14-day version of waiting period legislation still awaiting a vote by the full Senate!

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