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New Mexico Alert: Legislature Seeking to Enact Radical Gun Control Measures
Please Contact Your Representative and Senator Today!

In her state-of-the-state address earlier this year, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced she would engage in an outright assault on the lawful firearm industry and the Second Amendment rights of all New Mexicans. She is now acting on that promise. Of course, none of her proposals will address the root causes of criminal violence in the state. The gun control measures listed below will do nothing but impact the law-abiding.

Please contact your state representative and state senator today and inform them of your strong opposition to these bills:

House Bill 50 – This bill, sponsored by Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero (D – District 13), bans the possession or transfer of standard-capacity magazines capable of holding more than nine rounds of ammunition. There is no grandfathering provision. The manufacture of these magazines for use by citizens is also prohibited. Violation is a fourth-degree felony and $1.5 million is appropriated for enforcement and incarceration purposes.

House Bill 100 – This bill, sponsored by Representative Andrea Romero (D – District 46), mandates a minimum 14-day waiting period on the sale of all firearms. This bill will delay a citizen’s ability to obtain firearms for the purpose of self-defense if a critical need materializes. A right delayed is a right denied.

House Bill 101 – This bill, sponsored by Andrea Romero (D – District 46), bans the manufacture, possession and transfer of commonly-owned semiautomatic rifles, pistols and certain varieties of shotguns as so-called “assault weapons.” This ban also applies to standard-capacity magazines that are capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Firearms banned by the bill would have to be removed from the state, rendered permanently inoperable or surrendered to law enforcement by July 1, 2023. Violations will be punished as a fourth-degree felony.

Senate Bill 171 – This bill, sponsored by Senator William Soules (D – District 37), prohibits the manufacture, sale, transfer or acquisition of so-called “assault pistols” and virtually all firearms currently regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA). Ambiguous language in SB 171 could threaten the ability of New Mexicans to acquire all modern bullets designed for self-defense, hunting and target shooting. Violation is a fourth-degree felony. The bill, as introduced, included suppressors in the prohibition but this language was amended out in committee.

House Bills 50, 100 and 101 have now been scheduled for a hearing today, February 7, at 1:30 p.m., in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee in Room 317. This is the first hearing for these bills in the legislative process. If you are unable to attend the hearing in person, please be sure to tune into the webinar by clicking here. You may “raise your hand” in the webinar to provide testimony on each bill. Most importantly, please register your opposition to these bills during the hearing. This can be done as simply as announcing your name, hometown and the fact that you are “opposed.” The legislators advocating for these draconian gun control measures truly believe that few New Mexicans will ever be affected. This misperception must be ended by citizen participation.

You are also able to find contact information for your state representative and state senator by entering your home or business address here. Note that you must change between “House of Representatives” and “Senate” under “Political Body” in the search box at the top of the page.

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