House committee advances anti-gun bill costing taxpayers millions

On Saturday, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee (HCPAC) voted 3-2 to advance H.B. 68, a radical anti-gun bill proposed by Rep. Meredith Dixon (D-Bernalillo) that would make a felon of 18-year-olds who are knowingly carrying a handgun on their person except when attending a safety course, target shooting, or other minor instances. 

Section three of the bill would raise the offense from a misdemeanor to a felony, which would stay with the person for the rest of their lives, their voting rights would be taken away, and they could not apply for grants, or serve on a jury.

As state Rep. Stefani Lord, one of the representatives to oppose the bill said, the legislation would be a “pipeline to prison” and would punish survivors of domestic abuse who buy guns and don’t know they can’t carry them. 

Also, the bill’s fiscal impact report notes that it would cost taxpayers $3 million over the next three years to implement the new provisions, such as imprisonment and legal costs, etc. This cost would be directly at the expense of taxpayers. 

Both state Reps. Joanne Ferrary (D-Doña Ana) and Liz Thomson (D-Bernalillo) voted along with Randall Pettigrew (R-Lea) to advance the bill, while Reps. Stefani Lord (R-Sandia Park) and Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe) opposed the measure.

The bill will now head over to the House Judiciary Committee, where language that became an issue in the HCPAC committee may be revised.

5 thoughts on “House committee advances anti-gun bill costing taxpayers millions”

  1. New Mexico we are being run by Communist

    Are these bills legal. The 2nd Amendment of the US constitution allow Americans to bear arms. “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” I know states have rights to make their own law. But do they not have to follow the US constition? Where are the worthless republican party on this issue?

    1. THE WOMAN WHO PROPOSED THIS BILL IS AN ANTI CONSTITUTIONALIST/ COMMUNIST AND DOES NOT KNOW THE THAT SHE TOOK AN OATH TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION. WE NEED TO HAVE HER REMOVED FROM OFFICE. SHE DOES NOT DESERVE TO SERVE/EXTORT WE THE PEOPLE. THIS BILL CAN NOT PASS. ANYTHING AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION IS NULL AND VOID. THE MILITARY NEEDS TO PICK HER UP.

  2. Typical Democrat. Ignore the real problems and make a MOUNTAIN out of ant hill! Meantime, take more money from the taxpayers!!!

  3. The 2nd amendment of United States of America assures us the right to keep and bare arms shall not be infringed at all.

  4. A thousand feet of a SCHOOL ZONE!!! I read the whole thing. Politicians really are stupid. You can’t drive anywhere in the city limits of ABQ or Fanta Se and not be a felon now. Gotta love Demonrats! WOW!! Guess they are gonna go after granny now..

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