Attention all firearms owners:
The New Mexico Legislature is now in session and is organized and working on legislation that will affect your rights as gun owners. The following are the bills we are watching and the NMGOA opinion on each.
1. HB44 - The bill that continues to be resurrected each and every session. This bill, if passed would make background checks required for private gun transfers at gun shows and is the first step in moving towards a gun registration scheme. NMGOA has fought this bill every session it has been filed, and we continue to do so!
2. SB118 - This bill would eliminate the mid-term two hour refresher course for concealed carry license holders and remove the fingerprint requirement on renewal of the license. NMGOA supports this bill.
3. SB268 - This bill would do the same as SB118 and go further by removing the caliber and category restrictions for training and licenses and would extend the term of a license from 4 to 5 years. It would also exempt active or honorably discharged service personnel from the license fees and the qualifications requirements. NMGOA supports this bill.
4. HB106 - This bill is the house version of SB116. NMGOA supports this bill.
5. HB189 - This is the house version of SB268. NMGOA supports this bill.
6. SB345 - This bill would require the state to report mental health adjudications, court ordered commitments and other things which disqualify someone from purchasing or possessing a firearm to the federal NICS background check system. It would bring NM into compliance with other federal laws and make NM eligible for grant money from the federal government. NMGOA is neutral on this bill. While the stated goals of the bill would be great to effect, to keep firearms out of the hands of those who should not have them, but NMGOA is concerned about the privacy issues and federal control over the data once submitted. We also have issues with the mechanisms used by the federal government in withholding grant money to create compliance with something that is likely a federal overreach of power.
7. SR1 - This is a resolution to amend Senate rules to ban the possesion of firearms in the Senate chamber, gallery, lounge, and committee rooms, and offices, except by law enforcement. NMGOA opposes this measure.
What can gun owners do?
1. nmlegis.gov is the website for the NM Legislature and there you can find the text of each bill and emails and phone numbers for the committee members who will be debating and voting on each one.
2. HB44 will have a hearing on Saturday February 7th in Santa Fe. Come and join us at the Roundhouse. We will let you know time and room number as it becomes available both here and on our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.