Gun Bills Advance in New Mexico

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We all know how the governor of New Mexico feels about guns. We also know that Democrats in the state are likely to try and enable her.

We’ve talked about the effort to impeach Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, but there remains doubt as to just how well that will work. Especially as anti-Second Amendment bills work their way through the system.


Lujan Grisham proposed a number of measures earlier this month, and two of them were up before a House panel. They had to clear that hurdle before anything else.

And they just did.

House Bill 27 would expand the use of Extreme Risk Protection Orders. These orders come from a 2020 law and are meant to temporarily take guns away from people who could be dangerous toward themselves or others.

This proposal is sponsored by Reps. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos), Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque) and Cristina Parajón (D-Albuquerque). The legislation would allow police and health care workers to request an order if they believe there is a risk with someone having a gun.

Chandler said some confusion has come up in the courts, with at least one district court judge concluding that police may not be the ones who file a petition for an extreme risk protection order.

Frankly, this bill appears to simply create more confusion, only this time it would be about what kind of healthcare workers could actually request an order.

That’s over and above the issues with red flag laws in general.

Despite that opposition, the committee also voted 4-2 to pass House Bill 114, sponsored by Chandler, which would require gun manufacturers to take reasonable precautions against allowing guns to fall into the wrong hands.

Those precautions would include preventing loss or theft, not promoting unlawful use of guns, and preventing the sale of guns to anyone who can’t own one or who might use it to harm themselves or others, according to the legislation.

Chandler said the New Mexico Attorney General would have the authority to enforce adequate controls and recover damages if controls aren’t in place, and private individuals who may be harmed by the gun industry could sue and recover attorney’s fees and damages for the same reason.


It should be noted, however, that the gun industry doesn’t promote unlawful use of guns and already does all it can to prevent the sale of guns to anyone who can’t own one lawfully or who shows indications they might hurt themselves or others.

But the bill isn’t really about that, now is it?

Instead, it’s about trying to punish gun stores and gun manufacturers for what third-parties do with their products. There’s absolutely no evidence that any of these entities have done anything wrong, they just want to penalize them simply for existing.

They wonder why the Protection of Lawful Commerce of Arms Act was passed? This is why. The gun industry has that level of protection–a level most other industries don’t have–not because of anything except that they were the industry that needed it.

Now, the big question is whether this measures will go any farther. It looks like these two went down party lines. If that happens in the legislature as a whole, they’re going to become law.

However, New Mexico Democrats tend to be a little more understanding about guns than Democrats in most states, so there’s still a chance these won’t get any further.


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