NEW MEXICO HOUSE APPROVES TWO CONCEALED CARRY REFORM BILLS
On Monday, the New Mexico House of Representatives approved House Bill 106 by Rep. Paul Bandy (R-Aztec) on a 48-19 vote, with the measure receiving unanimous support from the House Republican Caucus and roughly a dozen members of the minority party (here's a link to the vote: http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/15%20regular/votes/HB0106HVOTE.pdf.) HB 106 extends the renewal period for a concealed handgun license from 60 to 90 days before and after it expires, removes the fingerprint requirement for license renewals and eliminates the mid-term two-year refresher course. Additionally, the House approved House Bill 189 by Rep. Randy Crowder (R-Clovis) on 39-26 vote, with this legislation also receiving unanimous support from the Republican Caucus plus a handful of Democrats (here's a link to the vote: http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/15%20regular/votes/HB0189HVOTE.pdf.) HB 189 also eliminates the two-hour refresher course and extends the term of a license from four to five years.
These measures both move to the Senate for consideration, where they await committee referrals. They will most likely be referred to the Senate Public Affairs and Senate Judiciary Committee. A link to committee members and their contact information can be found here: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/committees_standing.aspx. Please begin contacting committee members and urging them to SUPPORT HB 106 & HB 189.