Legislative update: Anti-gun measure clears first hurdle, Saturday hearings set for key bills

On Thursday, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee passed a radical anti-gun bill, H.B. 9 by Democrat ballot harvester and Rep. Pamelya Herndon (D-Bernalillo), a radical anti-gun bill that would mandate citizens to lock up their guns. 

“It is unlawful for a person who keeps or stores a firearm to do so in such manner that the firearm is accessed by a minor without the authorization of the minor’s parent or guardian or when used in the commission of a crime,” the bill reads.

It continues, “When a firearm is accessed by a minor and used in the commission of a crime, the person who keeps or stores the firearm commits unlawful access to a firearm by a minor and is guilty of a misdemeanor.”

It passed out of committee on a party-line vote. State Rep. Stefani Lord wrote, “There… seemed to be an issue with people waiting to speak and never got called upon” during the committee. “The people that did call in did a great job.  The bill passed the first committee along straight party lines. This bill makes you a felon if a minor uses your firearm in a nefarious way. You will be charged with a misdemeanor and fined $1,000 if the minor touches your firearm without permission.”

In the Senate, scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s proposed bill to reduce the gross receipts tax rate in New Mexico by a meager 0.25 percent hit a wall in the Senate Tax, Business, and Transportation Committee. Also, the House Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee voted 6-4 against the Governor’s hydrogen bill on Thursday.

Far-left Sen. Mimi Stewart (D-Bernalillo) had her radical gas tax on the poor, S.B. 14, pass committee on Thursday with a 6-4 vote. It would result in a 20-35 cent or more per gallon tax increase — harming the poorest New Mexicans already struggling with gas prices on the rise once again amid global conflict.

The bill’s extremist sponsor, who is double-dipping with per diem and charging her electric car at the Capitol, brushed off complaints of the increased cost of gas. “It’s been something like 19 cents over 10 years,” she erroneously claimed.

Although it might appear there are not too many hot-button issues being discussed in committee Friday, on Saturday, there will be multiple bad bills showing up. Here’s what you need to know:

H.J.R. 2, the “Environmental Rights” amendment by Reps. Joanne Ferrary (D-Doña Ana) and Tara Lujan (D-Santa Fe)

This radical bill would enshrine “environmental rights” in the New Mexico Constitution, which would, in effect, put the final nail in the energy industry’s coffin — the fund which provides for most state funds for hospitals and schools, not to mention jobs. This bill was proposed last legislative session and the Piñon Post helped it die before it could reach final passage. 

It’s back and it will have a House Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. The Zoom details are below:

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83031344397  Or One tap mobile : US: +12532158782,,83031344397# or +13462487799,,83031344397# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 Webinar ID: 830 3134 4397

H.B. 68 “CRIMINAL CODE CHANGES” by Rep. Meredith Dixon (D-Bernalillo)

This radical bill turns law-abiding gun owners into felons if they are carrying a gun within a school zone. According to state Rep. Stefani Lord (R-Sandia Park), “Exceptions are in the car if over age 19” and concealed carry. “However, open carry is LEGAL in NM, but you would now be arrested for a felony if you walked down the sidewalk within 1000 feet of a school zone. If you lived in a school zone, you are now a felon once you walk to your car on the street.”

Other issues with the bill include “school zone” being “defined to mean any public, private or parochial school or property used for school purposes and the area within 1,000 feet of the school property line, but it does not mean a post-secondary school. This bill is unnecessary, overbroad, confusing and sets up legal traps for law-abiding citizens. First, let’s acknowledge that criminals ignore gun-free zones. This bill will impact law-abiding gun owners,” Lord writes.

This bill was to be considered on Tuesday in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee but was rescheduled for Saturday. The Zoom details are below:

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87885692969  Or One tap mobile : US: +13462487799,,87885692969# or +16699009128,,87885692969# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 Webinar ID: 878 8569 2969 

S.B. 43, “PROHIBITING LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE FOR A CHILD,” by Sen. Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez (D-Bernalillo)

This bill would allow youths who are sentenced for violent crimes, including murder, to be released in 15 years despite being given life sentences. The bill was referred to the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee and then the Senate Judiciary Committee.

This bill will be considered on Friday in the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee. The Zoom details are below:

For public participation, click on the following link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83347538157 to join the Webinar or via telephone 1-669-900-9128 Webinar ID: 833 4753 8157

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