On Wednesday, the Senate Public Affairs Committee will meet to consider Bernalillo Democrat Sen. Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez’s S.B. 224, which will criminalize parents who teach their children how to shoot and mandate specific gun safes and locks for firearms. This is the bill’s first committee appearance.
The bill will be heard at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom and people who wish to testify against the bill can register through this link.
The New Mexico Shooting Sports Association (NMSSA) writes that the bill “would tell you what you can and can’t do with a firearm in your own home by imposing government mandates on how exactly your firearms are stored.”
Also, NMSSA notes, “This bill could also make you a criminal for teaching your child how to shoot, unless your child was 12 or older and had previously undergone some type of formal class.”
“The bill is entirely unenforceable, unless police will go door-to-door inspecting firearm storage in your home, it is impossible to know who is and who isn’t complying with the law. The bill [is] entirely unnecessary, it is already a crime to place a child in a situation that endangers their life. This bill only seeks to demonize firearm ownership and scare people away from choosing to protect their family with a gun.”
You can reach out to Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee members about this bill with their contact information below:
Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino – (D) (505) 397-8839 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Bill Tallman – (D) (505) 397-8854 email@example.com
Senator Gregg Schmedes – (R) (505) firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator David M. Gallegos – (R) (505) 986-4278 email@example.com
Senator Stuart Ingle – (R) (505) 986-4702 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Brenda G. McKenna – (D) (505) 397-8834 email@example.com
Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez – (D) (505) 397-8847 firstname.lastname@example.org