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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Bill Tallman – (D) (505) 397-8854 email@example.com
Senator Gregg Schmedes – (R) (505) 986-4395 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator David M. Gallegos – (R) (505) 986-4278 email@example.com
Senator Stuart Ingle – (R) (505) 986-4702 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Brenda G. McKenna – (D) (505) 397-8834 email@example.com
Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez – (D) (505) 397-8847 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics – (D) (505) 397-8851 email@example.com
As always, please be respectful when contacting your elected officials.
NRA-ILA State Director
I’ll be sending these updates out to you during the legislative session as I receive them from Tara Mica.