On Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., the New Mexico House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee will hold a hearing to consider multiple anti-gun bills, as well as one pro-gun Constitutional Carry bill.
The three anti-gun bills that will be heard include the unconstitutional H.B. 50 to ban firearm magazines over nine rounds by Rep. Patricia Roybal-Caballero (D-Albuquerque), H.B. 100, and H.B. 101 by Rep. Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe).
H.B. 101 bans large-capacity magazines “regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm.” It forces anyone owning such magazines to “remove the large-capacity magazine from the state,” “sell the large-capacity magazine to a licensed firearms dealer,” or “surrender the large-capacity magazine to a law enforcement agency for destruction.” It includes no grandfather clause and would take effect July 1, 2023, if passed. Any violator of the proposed law would be a fourth-degree felon.
Furthermore, anyone who owns any semi-automatic firearm, which Romero dubs an “assault” weapon, would be forced to either “remove the assault weapon from the state,” “render the assault weapon permanently inoperable,” or “surrender the assault weapon to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction.” Like the previous section of the bill, anyone not in compliance will become a fourth-degree felon.
H.B. 100 mandates a 14-day waiting period before anyone can buy a firearm in New Mexico.
The Committee will also hear H.B. 164 by Reps. John Block (R-Alamogordo), Stefani Lord (R-Sandia Park), Tayna Mirabal Moya (R-Los Lunas), Jimmy Mason (R-Artesia), and Mark Duncan (R-Farmington). The pro-gun bill would legalize Constitutional Carry (permitless carry) in the state for New Mexicans over 18, joining 25 other states, including liberal Maine and Vermont, in enacting such laws.
The Zoom information for the Tuesday meeting is below:
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Contact information for the committee members can be found at this link.