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New Mexico L​egislative Session Ends Without Any New Gun Control!

The New Mexico Legislature adjourned sine die at noon Saturday. The following gun control measures were defeated this session, which was especially challenging with the Capitol closed to the public and committee hearings held via Zoom instead of in-person. NRA-ILA appreciates all of you who participated in these meetings to voice your concerns about these bills, and who contacted your lawmakers in opposition to them. Warning: we expect to see many of these again in future legislative sessions!

  • HB 102 (creating a taxpayer-funded “firearm death review panel” to recommend future gun control measures) passed House Judiciary Committee and was tabled in House Appropriations Committee;
  • HB 166 (ban on home-built firearms and 3D-printed gun components) passed House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee and was left pending in House Judiciary Committee;
  • HB 193 (expansion of current red flag law) passed House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee, passed House Judiciary Committee, was pulled from the House Calendar and referred to House Rules Committee;
  • HB 353 (requiring stolen gun checks by anyone receiving a firearm) was taken off House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee agenda and never heard;
  • SB 224 (mandatory storage legislation) passed the Senate Health & Public Affairs Committee and was left pending in Senate Judiciary Committee; and
  • SB 312 (“re-imagining” the mission of the NM Game & Fish Department) was tabled in Senate Conservation Committee.

Unfortunately, the House did give final approval to SB 32, a ban on trapping on all public lands, on a narrow 35-34 vote, and has sent the bill to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for her signature. Please contact the governor and urge her to VETO SB 32.

Thanks for Your Help and Support,

Tara Mica
NRA-ILA State Director
Cell 512-636-9314

I’ll be sending these updates out to you during the legislative session as I receive them from Tara Mica.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
(575) 430-3040
richard@riclin.net

New Mexico: House Could Vote on HB 193 Any Day Now!

Dear New Mexico NRA Member:
As early as TONIGHT, the New Mexico House could vote on House Bill 193, which amends New Mexico’s red flag firearms surrender law, to allow a police officer to petition for an extreme risk protective order (ERPO) directly, and to confiscate any firearms discovered when serving the order. Owners of guns seized in this manner will no longer have the option of storing them with, or selling them to, a federal firearms licensed dealer (FFL), as the original law permitted. And language has been added to the bill in a committee substitute to now allow ANYONE — not just a relative, intimate partner or school administrator as provided for in current law — who has information that a person poses a significant risk to themselves or others, to request that a law enforcement officer petition for an ERPO against that person. The information doesn’t have to be verified, it just has to sound credible, and the allegation could be made by someone who has no mental health training, or suffers from mental health issues of their own.

New Mexico’s ERPO law, which has been a failure and tramples on civil liberties with little or no due process, should be repealed not expanded. Please contact your State Representative and urge them to OPPOSE HB 193.

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Sincerely,
NRA Institute for Legislative Action
Thanks,

Tara Mica
NRA-ILA State Director
Cell 512-636-9314

I’ll be sending these updates out to you during the legislative session as I receive them from Tara Mica.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
(575) 430-3040
richard@riclin.net

Update on SB 224 Hearing

New Mexico: Mandatory Gun Storage & Youth Firearms Possession Ban Now Will Be Heard in Senate Committee on FRIDAY!

SB 224: Lock Up Your Guns or Face State Charges. Teach Your Kid Firearm Safety and Possibly Face State Charges

See Tuesday’s alert for information on SB 224 (Click Here)

Dear New Mexico NRA Member:

The Senate Health & Public Affairs Committee postponed hearing SB 224 yesterday and will now consider the bill on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Please continue contacting Senate committee members and urge them to OPPOSE SB 224:
Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D): (505) 397-8839, jortizyp@msn.com
Bill Tallman (D): (505) 397-8854, bill.tallman@nmlegis.gov
Gregg Schmedes (R): (505) 986-4395, gregg.schmedes@nmlegis.gov
David M. Gallegos (R): (505) 986-4278, david.rsi@hotmail.com
Stuart Ingle (R): (505) 986-4702, stuart.ingle@nmlegis.gov
Brenda G. McKenna (D): (505) 397-8834, brenda.mckenna@nmlegis.gov
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez (D): (505) 397-8847, a.sedillolopez@nmlegis.gov
Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics (D): (505) 397-8851, lstefanics@msn.com
Also, please contact your state senator and let them know you OPPOSE SB 224.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION

You can testify virtually via Zoom against this terrible bill! Instructions from the committee for verbal and written public comment are as follows: Register to speak against SB 224 at https://ggle.io/3pe5. If there is a high volume of requests for public comment, not everyone may be able to speak. Send written comments in an email to SPAC@nmlegis.gov, with your Name, Entity Represented, SB 224, and that you’re “Against” the bill. Written comments are limited to 300 words or less. The deadline to register and/or respond with written comment is TODAY at 5:00 p.m. If you register to testify, you will be contacted by the committee’s Zoom Operator with the virtual meeting instructions. If you do not receive a response, check your junk email.

If you do not wish to testify but want to view committee proceedings once they have started, please go to the New Mexico Legislature’s website http://www.nmlegis.gov and click on “Webcast” in the menu.

Thanks,

Tara Mica
NRA-ILA State Director
Cell 512-636-9314

I’ll be sending these updates out to you during the legislative session as I receive them from Tara Mica.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
(575) 430-3040
richard@riclin.net

New Mexico: Mandatory Gun Storage & Youth Firearms Possession Ban To Be Heard in Senate Committee

New Mexico: Mandatory Gun Storage & Youth Firearms Possession Ban To Be Heard in Senate Committee on Wednesday

SB 224: Lock Up Your Guns or Face State Charges. Teach Your Kid Firearm Safety and Possibly Face State Charges

Dear New Mexico NRA Member:
Another legislative session — another ineffective, intrusive and unenforceable gun control proposal. You wonder what they’ll come up with next? Well, here it is: Senate Bill 224, by Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez (D-ABQ), who must be auditioning for anti-gun billionaire Bloomberg’s support in her campaign for the 1st Congressional District.

SB 224 reads as follows: “It is an offense for a firearm owner or authorized user to store or keep a firearm in any premises unless the firearm is secured in a locked container or secured by a gun lock or other means so as to render the firearms inaccessible or unusable to any person other than the owner or authorized user.”

You could be fined up to $500 for failing to render your firearm useless in the event you need it for protection. Or $1,000 if a minor, an “at risk” person or a prohibited person obtains the firearm. Both are misdemeanor penalties.

But, it doesn’t stop there. The bill could actually make you a criminal if a minor were allowed access to your firearm, unless he or she is at least twelve years of age and has already successfully completed a firearms safety training course. So you could be charged with a misdemeanor for teaching your 10 year old how to shoot.

The chilling effect this type of legislation could have on youth shooting programs like 4-H and YHEC would be devastating. But that’s exactly what the gun control crowd wants, to eradicate the next generation of responsible young gun owners. That and to leave you defenseless in your home, your vehicle or your place of business, because the state would require you to lock your gun up at all times.

The Senate Health & Public Affairs Committee will hear SB 224 on Wednesday at 1:30pm, or upon final adjournment of the Senate. Please contact members of the Senate committee and urge them to OPPOSE SB 224: Standing Committees – New Mexico Legislature (nmlegis.gov)

Please also make plans to testify virtually via Zoom against this terrible bill! Instructions from the committee for verbal and written public comment are as follows: Register to speak against SB 224 at https://ggle.io/3pe5. If there is a high volume of requests for public comment, not everyone may be able to speak. Send written comments in an email to SPAC@nmlegis.gov, with your Name, Entity Represented, SB 224, and that you’re “Against” the bill. Written comments are limited to 300 words or less.

The deadline to register and/or respond with written comment is Tuesday, February 16, at 5:00 p.m. If you register to testify, you will be contacted by the committee’s Zoom Operator with the virtual meeting instructions. If you do not receive a response, check your junk email.

If you do not wish to testify but want to view committee proceedings once they have started, please go to the New Mexico Legislature’s website http://www.nmlegis.gov and click on Webcast in the menu.
Thanks,

Tara Mica
NRA-ILA State Director
Cell 512-636-9314

I’ll be sending these updates out to you during the legislative session as I receive them from Tara Mica.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
(575) 430-3040
richard@riclin.net

A Request from Tara Mica of the NRA-ILA

Dear Second Amendment Supporters:

NRA-ILA and NMSSA legislative alerts, as well as our work to get conservative online publications reporting on this issue, have helped get the word out about New Mexico Senate Bill 224 and how bad this legislation is. Please see links to the news stories below.

NM Storage Bill Could Make It A Crime To Teach Your Kid Gun Safety

New Mexico Democrat’s bill could criminalize parents teaching kids how to shoot, according to gun group ​

Parents Teaching Kids How To Shoot Could Be Criminal With New Mexico Dem’s Bill, Gun Group Warns

Please forward these articles to your contact lists. We could also use your help in submitting letters-to-the-editor to your local newspapers and relaying the information to pro-2A blogs in opposition to this bill. If you can do this on your own, great! If you want guidance or assistance with drafting and submitting something, please email me ASAP. And keep contacting your state lawmakers.

Thanks,

Tara Mica

NRA-ILA State Director

Cell 512-636-9314

I’ll be sending these updates out to you during the legislative session as I receive them from Tara Mica.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
(575) 430-3040
richard@riclin.net

NMSSA Legislative Alert: They want to make it a crime to teach your child how to shoot

In just filed, SB 224, State Senator Sedillo Lopez wants to mandate how you can and cannot store a firearm in your own home – a version of a bill we have seen and defeated before in New Mexico. But this version of a “storage mandate” goes even further. It would make it a crime for a child to handle your firearm unless the child was 12 or older and had previously completed a firearms safety class. You would become a criminal for taking your child to go shooting if they had not previously taken some kind of formal class.

The bill is an uneducated attempt to demonize firearms. It is already a crime to place a child in a situation that endangers their life, this law does nothing to add to a child’s safety. The law is completely unenforceable unless they plan on going door-to-door inspecting firearm storage in your home. But this bill again goes beyond what they have attempted in the past. If a prohibited possessor gains access to your firearm you are liable as well. Albuquerque is the property crime capital of America; if your home or vehicle was broken into and a convicted felon stole your firearm, you could be charged with a crime under the bill. Instead of taking on the issue of the crime wave that has engulfed Albuquerque and other parts of the state, Sedillo Lopez wants to blame you, someone just seeking to defend yourself, if your firearm is stolen.

The bill is currently located in the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee, below is the contact info for the committee. Stay tuned to our email and social media updates for the latest on what is happening in the 2021 Legislative Session with this bill and others.

Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino – (D) (505) 397-8839 jortizyp@msn.com

Senator Bill Tallman – (D) (505) 397-8854 bill.tallman@nmlegis.gov

Senator Gregg Schmedes – (R) (505) 986-4395 gregg.schmedes@nmlegis.gov

Senator David M. Gallegos – (R) (505) 986-4278 david.rsi@hotmail.com

Senator Stuart Ingle – (R) (505) 986-4702 stuart.ingle@nmlegis.gov

Senator Brenda G. McKenna – (D) (505) 397-8834 brenda.mckenna@nmlegis.gov

Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez – (D) (505) 397-8847 a.sedillolopez@nmlegis.gov

Senator Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics – (D) (505) 397-8851 lstefanics@msn.com

As always, please be respectful when contacting your elected officials.
Tara Mica
NRA-ILA State Director​
Cell 512-636-9314

I’ll be sending these updates out to you during the legislative session as I receive them from Tara Mica.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
(575) 430-3040
richard@riclin.net

New Mexico: More Red Flag Gun Confiscation and a Proposed Ban on Self-Made Firearms

House Bill 193: “Red Flag” Is Back & It’s Worse Than Before

Rep. Joy Garratt (D-ABQ) & Rep. Daymon Ely (D-ABQ), authors of NRA-opposed Senate Bill 5 from the 2020 session, are back this session with House Bill 193, an amendment to the red-flag gun confiscation law that would allow a police officer to petition for an extreme risk protective order directly. Keep in mind that no crime has to be committed, or alleged to have been committed, for the order to be issued. The order would allow the police officer to search the home of the person subject to the order and seize any firearms the officer finds.

The red flag gun confiscation law has been a failure, as has every gun-control law passed in New Mexico. No one has been made safer as anti-gun lawmakers, elected with the support of billionaire gun control financier Michael Bloomberg, have rushed to trample on New Mexicans’ civil liberties.
HB 193 has been assigned to two committees: House Consumer and Public Affairs, and House Judiciary. NRA-ILA will notify you as to when this bill is scheduled for a hearing.

House Bill 166 Filed to Ban Self-Made Firearms and Firearm Components

​This week, Rep. Tara Lujan (D-Santa Fe) filed House Bill 166 which would essentially end the centuries-old custom of manufacturing firearms, or firearms components, for personal use. This proposed ban on self-made firearms would criminalize hobbyists who design, assemble, or manufacture their own guns or gun components.
HB 166 creates a whole new list of felony offenses and restrictions that far exceed federal law:

  • It would make you a felon if you manufacture or otherwise assemble a firearm and you are not a federally-licensed manufacturer or dealer, even if using a serialized receiver purchased from an FFL with a background check, or if you possess such a firearm made by a non-FFL.
  • It would make you a felon if you manufacture or otherwise assemble a gun that has no serial number placed on the receiver or frame by a federally-licensed manufacturer or importer, or if you are not an FFL and you possess or purchase separately, or as part of a kit, a firearm frame or receiver that lacks an imprinted serial number.
  • It would make you a felon if you use a 3D printer or similar device to manufacture a firearm or firearm component and you are not a federally-licensed manufacturer or dealer, or if you possess a firearm (or, presumably a firearm component) manufactured by a non-FFL using a 3D printer. Anyone making this technology, including digital instructions or design files, available for firearms or firearm component production to non-FFLs in New Mexico, would be a felon.
    HB 166 has been assigned to three committees: House Consumer and Public Affairs, House Judiciary, and House Appropriations and Finance. NRA-ILA will notify you as to when this bill is scheduled for a hearing.

In the meantime, please contact your state representative and urge them to OPPOSE HB 193 and HB 166. Click the “Take Action” to email your state representative directly.

Contact information for State Representatives can be found here. If you do not know who your State Representative is, click here.

Tara Mica
NRA-ILA State Director​
Cell 512-636-9314

I’ll be sending these updates out to you during the legislative session as I receive them from Tara Mica.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
(575) 430-3040
richard@riclin.net

NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE 2021 CONVENES

A Message from Tara Mica of the NRA-ILA

NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE CONVENES…Here’s What To Watch For So Far That Impacts Your Rights

Dear New Mexico Second Amendment Supporter: The New Mexico Legislature convened for its 2021 Regular Session on Tuesday, January 19.  During the 60-day session, the Roundhouse will be closed to the public.  Committee meetings will be webcast on https://www.nmlegis.gov and testimony for and against bills will be taken virtually via Zoom.  Your NRA-ILA will closely monitor legislation affecting the rights of gun owners and sportsmen and will alert you as to when and how you can make your voices heard on these bills. Prefiling of legislation has been going on since January 4, and there are already a number of measures you need to be aware of.  But first — one that has not yet been filed.Expansion of Red Flag Gun Confiscation LawOn a Facebook Live virtual town hall this weekend, Rep. Joy Garratt (D-ABQ) stated that she and Rep. Daymon Ely (D-ABQ), the original authors of Senate Bill 5 which passed during the 2020 session, are drafting legislation to tweak the state’s extreme risk protection order law “so that law enforcement can use it more easily and directly.”  While the measure has not yet been introduced and no language is currently available to review, we can only guess these changes will result in even less due process and more firearm confiscation.  Call and email your State Representatives and urge them to OPPOSE any expansion of the state’s red flag gun confiscation law.  Contact information for your State House member can be found here: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Members/Legislator_List?T=R.  NRA-ILA will notify you when this bill is introduced. Anti-Trapping Measure Set for Committee Hearing Tuesday Morning

On Tuesday, January 26, at 8:00am, the Senate Conservation Committee will hold a virtual hearing on Senate Bill 32, a measure to ban the use of traps or snares on public lands.  The measure does exempt hunting with firearms and archery equipment.  But many sportsmen and agricultural partners that are Second Amendment supporters are concerned about eliminating a traditional wildlife management tool, especially after the New Mexico Game Commission adopted and implemented new trapping regulations just a little over a year ago.  These include mandatory education for anyone purchasing a trapping license and new setbacks requiring a half-mile distance from designated trailheads, roadside rest areas, picnic areas and public campgrounds or boat launches.  You can view the bill text here: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/21%20Regular/bills/senate/SB0032.pdf

If you wish to weigh in on this measure, contact information for Senate Conservation Committee members can be found here.

https://www.nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=SCONC

To participate in this hearing you need to send an email with Senate Bill 32 Virtual Testimony in the subject line to SCONC@nmlegis.gov, along with the following in the body of the email: your name, any entity you are representing (or if you’re representing yourself), the bill number SB 32, whether you are FOR or AGAINST the bill and the best email address to reach you by Monday, January 25, at 3:00pm.  You will then be contacted by the committee’s Zoom Operator with instructions on how to join the virtual meeting on Tuesday morning.

Your Tax Dollars at Work — For Gun Control??

Local gun control activists are actively supporting House Bill 102 sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey (D-ABQ), given the relatively benign title “Violence Intervention Prevention Act.”  Violence prevention is a laudable goal.  However, legislation that uses your tax dollars to fund programs which focus solely on firearms, rather than addressing root causes of crime, and to promote a gun control agenda should be viewed with extreme skepticism.

HB 102 appropriates $10 million dollars from the New Mexico general fund to the Violence Intervention Prevention fund.  The state Department of Health, an agency already overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout, would administer the fund and award grants to municipalities and tribal governments for programs that focus on reducing or deterring “gun violence and aggravated assault” — to the exclusion of other types of crimes or their root causes, such as alcohol or drug abuse.  Fifty percent of the grant must be used to contract with “community-based organizations,” which are undefined in the bill but are often a euphemism for gun control groups.  Additionally, the bill creates an 8-member committee to report to an interim legislative committee on strategies to prevent firearm injury and death, again, to the exclusion of other types of injury or causes of death or any root causes.  No doubt a laundry list of gun control recommendations would emerge from that process.

Getting a toe-hold in a state-sponsored grant program, creating a state-sanctioned committee to further an agenda, and using your tax dollars to do it is straight out of the gun control playbook.  HB 102 has been referred to the House Judiciary and House Appropriations & Finance Committees.  Please contact the members of these committees and tell them you don’t want your tax dollars to finance gun control efforts in HB 102.  Contact information for committee members can be found here:

https://www.nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HJC

https://www.nmlegis.gov/Committee/Standing_Committee?CommitteeCode=HAFC

Confusion About Anti-Terrorism Legislation

There has been a great deal of misinformation circulating about House Bill 70 by Rep Dayan Hochman-Vigil and its impact on the firearms training community.  NRA-ILA worked with State Rep. Bill Rehm (R-ABQ) to draft and distribute the explanation below about current law and the proposed changes to it to clear up some of the confusion.  You can view the bill text here: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/21%20Regular/bills/house/HB0070.pdf.

New Mexico’s current Anti-Terrorism act dates back to 1990.  NMSA 30-20A-3 prohibits (1) teaching or demonstrating the use, application or making of any firearm, destructive device or technique capable of causing injury or death to any person; and (2) training in, practicing or receiving instruction in the use of any firearm, destructive device or technique capable of causing injury or death to any person, where it is done with an intent that the knowledge or skill taught, demonstrated or gained be unlawfully used in furtherance of a civil disorder.  A “civil disorder” is defined under current law as “any planned act of violence by an assemblage of two or more persons with the intent to cause damage or injury to another individual or his property.”  Proposed HB 70 would actually make the crime more specific.  It would require that the activities mentioned above be conducted with the intent of being unlawfully used to commit terrorism in furtherance of a civil disorder.  “Terrorism” under the bill requires committing an act that causes great bodily harm or death, not just “damage or injury” in the existing definition of “civil disorder”.

Existing law NMSA 30-20A-4 (which was not brought forth for amending, so it does not appear in HB 70), contains important exemptions to New Mexico’s Anti-Terrorism act which will carry over to any new law.  In other words, nothing in the current or proposed Anti-Terrorism law makes illegal any activity protected by the state constitution’s right to keep and bear arms, and specifically, those of “any hunting, rifle, pistol, shotgun, sportsmen’s or conservation club,” those “lawfully engaged in on a shooting range” or “lawfully undertaken pursuant to any shooting school or other program of instruction,” “intended to teach the safe handling, including marksmanship, or use of firearms, archery equipment or other weapons or techniques to individuals or groups,” activity “that teaches the use of martial arts or arms for the defense of home, person or property” or the lawful use of deadly force, or “that is otherwise lawful.”  Again, these exemptions are not being changed under HB 70, something that should be emphasized to those in the gun community who are concerned about the bill.

HB 70 has been referred to the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the House Appropriations & Finance Committee, but has not yet been set for a hearing.  NRA-ILA will continue to monitor this bill as it makes its way through the legislative process.  

Sincerely,

Tara Mica
NRA-ILA State Director​
Cell 512-636-9314

I’ll be sending these updates out to you during the legislative session as I receive them from Tara Mica.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Covid-19 Special Announcement

The Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range located in La Luz, NM is closing beginning Monday, March 23 and tentatively re-opening on April 10. This is due to the response to the current virus situation.

Due to the range closure and the shut down of the fingerprint stations for concealed carry fingerprints, Concealed Carry classes have been suspended until these situations are resolved.

The closure and suspensions are temporary and are in response to the coronavirus. Renewal and Refresher classes will resume again once the range is open. Initial Concealed Carry classes will be scheduled once the fingerprinting situation is resolved.

Bloomberg Anti-Gun Agenda Passes on a 3-2 Vote

Thanks to all members, advocates and law enforcement that showed up!

On Thursday evening, January 24th, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted to sail through multiple bills backed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg. The following bills were supported by Representatives Liz Thomson (D-Albuquerque) House District 24, Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe) House District 46, and Angelica Rubio ( D-Las Cruces) House District 35. Read Original Article

House Bill 8: “Universal” Background Checks – Sponsored by Representative Debra Sarinana, would ban all private firearms sales between law-abiding individuals. Gun owners would be forced to pay undetermined fees and obtain government approval before selling firearms to family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, or fellow hunters, competitive shooters and gun club members. This proposal will have no impact on crime and is unenforceable without gun registration.

House Bill 40: Background Checks at Gun Shows: Sponsored by Representative Miguel Garcia, would require criminal records checks on private firearms sales at gun shows – a perennial target of the gun control crowd, even though studies show that these events are not a source of crime guns.

House Bill 83: Extreme risk protection order or “red flag” legislation sponsored by Representative Daymon Ely, would authorize the seizure of firearms and ammunition from individuals without due process. Unchallenged statements made by a petitioner before a judge, alleging that someone is a danger to themselves or others in an ex parte proceeding — prior to any formal court hearing at which the respondent can be represented by counsel and present counter-evidence — would be sufficient for law enforcement to enter that person’s home and confiscate their private property.

House Bill 87: Domestic Violence & Firearm – by Representative Deborah Armstrong expands the state’s “prohibited person” firearm law by purportedly incorporating federal firearm disqualifications. The bill would prohibit individuals convicted of certain domestic violence misdemeanor crimes or who are subject to a domestic violence protective order from purchasing or possessing a firearm, with violations being a criminal offense. However, the bill goes far beyond the categories currently included in federal law, in addition to requiring firearm seizure.

We would like to thank Representative Gregg Schmedes (R-Tijeras) and Representative Candy Ezzell (R-Roswell) for voting against these bills.

Additionally, The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted to pass Senate Bill 8, so-called “universal” background checks Sponsored by Senator Richard Martinez (D) and Peter Wirth (D) on a vote of 4-3. Senators Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D), Liz Stefanics (D), Antoinette Lopez (D), and Jeff Steinborn (D) all voted for the bill.

We want to thank Senators Candace Gould (R), Craig Brandt (R), and Stuart Ingle (R) for voting against this bill.

NEXT STEPS: The next stop for the House bills that passed in the House Judiciary Committee. The next stop for Senate Bill 8 is the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Please contact House and Senate Judiciary Committee Members and ask them to oppose these bills.

House Judiciary Members: Gail Chasey (D-Albuquerque), Daymon Ely (D-Corrales), Eliseo Alcon (D-Milan), Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), Micaela Lara Cadena (D-Mesilla), Christine Chandler (D-Loas Alamos), Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Albuquerque), Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque), Matthew McQueen (D-Gallisteo), Zachary Cook (R-Ruidoso), Greg Nibert (R-Roswell), Bill Rehm (D-Albuquerque) and James Townsend (R-Artesia).

Senate Judiciary Members: Richard Martinez (D), Daniel Ivey-Soto (D), Linda Lopez (D), Mark Moores (R), William Payne (R), Bill O’Neill (D), Gregory Baca (R), Mimi Stewart (D), Joseph Cervantes (D), Ron Griggs (R), Peter Wirth (D).

Your NRA-ILA will be closely watching these bills while they are pending a hearing in House and Senate Judiciary Committee.