Anti-gun bills referred to legislative committees

On the second day of the 2023 Legislative Session, progressive legislation was referred to House committees for consideration. Some of the proposals include sweeping gun bans to assault New Mexicans’ constitutional rights. Here are some of the bills that will be going through committees soon.

H.B. 9 by state Rep. Pamelya Herndon (D-Bernalillo), will force New Mexicans to lock up their firearms in “a gun safe or a device that prevents a firearm from being discharged or from being used to expel a projectile by the action of an explosion or a device other than a gun safe that locks a firearm and is designed to prevent children and unauthorized users from firing a firearm, which device may be installed on a firearm, be incorporated into the design of the firearm or prevent access to the firearm.”

If the gun owner does not lock up any and all firearms and their gun somehow was used in an offense by a minor causing “great bodily harm” or death, the parent of that child could be made a felon if the victim of the crime is killed or permanently disabled. 

H.B. 9 has been referred to House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee (HCPAC) and then House Judiciary Committee. No committee times have yet been posted for HCPAC, but hearings are expected within the week.

H.B. 50, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Bernalillo), will ban magazines over nine rounds, making all owners of such firearms felons. The bill has been referred to House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee, House Judiciary Committee (HJC), and the House Appropriations and Finance Committee (HAFC). No dates have yet been set on HCPAC for a hearing.

H.B. 72, also by Roybal Caballero, would make it a felony to possess a bump stock, binary trigger, or anything else that “increased the rate of fire of a semiautomatic firearm.” The bill has been referred to Judiciary and HAFC. No dates have yet been set for a hearing yet.

H.B. 100, by Rep. Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe), would mandate a 14-day waiting period before someone could purchase a gun from a Federal Firearms License (FFL).

H.B. 101, also by Romero, aims to ban magazines, but for those that are ten and under, while also banning so-called “assault weapons.” The legislation has not yet been referred to a committee.

S.B. 44, by Majority Senate Leader Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe), would ban firearms at polling places. That bill has been referred to the Senate Rules Committee and then the Senate Judiciary Committee. No dates have yet been set for a hearing as of publication.

Keep track of bills scheduled for the committees by visiting the NMLegis.gov website’s “What’s Happening” page.

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7 thoughts on “Anti-gun bills referred to legislative committees”

  1. Given what the democraps had done to the State of New Mexico it is not a surprise they wish to take away the citizens right to own firearms. Just like COVID it is all done in the name of “safety” the end result is a loss of your constitutional rights.

  2. No law shall abridge the right of the cit- izen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but noth- ing herein shall be held to permit the carry- ing of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an inci- dent of the right to keep and bear arms. (As amended November 2, 1971 and November 2, 1986.

    Section 6 of the NM Constitution

  3. Every one of these communist idiots seeking to destroy the rights of legal gun owners to defend and protect themselves and their families are themselves protected by ARMED security. What they wish to impose upon American citizens NEVER applies to THEM. Their reliable voting cabal is too stupid to connect the dots. With ‘leaders’ like these, no wonder NM leads the nation in being first in everything bad and last in anything good. Will the do-nothing “shake hands across the aisle” republicans do anything about this? Do they ever?

  4. Right to Bear Arms, is our Right -stop evil dems

    New Mexicans need to stand up for our rights. These liberal scum work for us. Our right is the right to bear arms. They have no right to change that. Republican party of NM stop being RINOS and do your job!

  5. Red meat politics at its best. You can often judge the quality a news site by the nature of replies to articles. The average reply in the pinon post involves insults, lack of knowledge of issues, and no desire for dialog of further understanding. Furthermore, John Block, and his various pen names, present a legal liability to himself by deleting some replies and not others. Ones critical of the far right platform are deleted while others alluding to violence in the name of politics are allowed to stay. This is by something claiming to be a news site and content and stewardship of content performed by an elected official.

    1. No dear. They are actual bills that will violate the US and NM constitutions. I also do not approve of deleting any post. I am more than capable to explain to people my reasoning and defending my position on any issue. I think what you are seeing is Conservative frustration with Democrats in this State who want to turn NM into a socialist, one party State that demonizes any opposition to their plans and actually legislates out of existence rights that many of us hold dear. I see only bad for our future. The divisions in our country have not been this bad since the 1850s. We know what happened then. Stay well.

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