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2023 New Mexico Legislative Session Mercifully Concludes
Unprecedented Wave of Attacks Against Firearm Freedoms and Gun Industry Rebuffed

In her State of the State address in January, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham made attacking gun-owners and the law-abiding American firearm industry a central theme. However, the 60-day legislative session adjourned sine die last Saturday at noon with the worst of the proposals having failed to make it to her desk for signature.

The bills that were defeated this session include:

  • A proposal to circumvent the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) in order to allow frivolous lawsuits holding members of the firearm industry liable for the violent acts of criminal third parties over whom they have no control.
  • A ban on the transfer and possession of magazines capable of holding ten or more rounds of ammunition.
  • A proposal to prohibit the manufacture, sale, transfer and possession of countless commonly-owned semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and pistols.
  • A bill to impose a 14-day waiting period on firearm purchases.
  • A bill to prohibit anyone under the age of 21 from possessing or purchasing semi-automatic and bolt-action firearms capable of accepting a magazine holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

A special thanks goes to many industry members sacrificed valuable time away from their businesses to testify in committee and meet with legislators. These include Dennis Burt, Ryan Burt, Jim Gilman, Tom Kaye, Erik Rasmussen, Mark Abramson, Jim Giffords, Bill Roney, David Loeffler and Steve Williams.

The fight will continue in the Land of Enchantment, but the 2023 legislative session will go down as a stunning team victory for freedom and our industry that is essential to it.

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