NM Gun Control Bills: Criminalizing Ordinary Citizens

By Faye Higbee

A NM gun control bill would make it a crime to teach any child under 12 how to handle guns. The bill requires stringent rules for keeping the firearms locked away from anyone, and provides a penalty if someone happens to break into the home and steal the weapon. A penalty and fine would be on the gun owner. SB 224 requires all gun owners to have their firearms locked away from anyone except the owner or “authorized user.”

NM Gun Control bill criminalizes ordinary citizens

According to the bill, a minor can only be an “authorized user” if they are at least 12 years old and have completed a gun safety course.

“A minor may be an authorized user only if the minor is at least twelve years of age and has successfully completed a firearm safety training course,” according to the bill.

That would criminalize the act of parental supervision with a firearm for any person under 12 who has not paid for approved training.

The bill is taking plenty of flak from a Second Amendment advocacy group in the state.

A representative of the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association criticized López’s bill, according to New Mexico’s Piñon Post.

Western Journal

Many young children learn from their parents at an early age – even before 12 years old. But SB 224 does more than criminalize a normal rite of growing up.

In just filed, SB 224, State Senator Sedillo Lopez wants to mandate how you can and cannot store a firearm in your own home – a version of a bill we have seen and defeated before in New Mexico. But this version of a “storage mandate” goes even further. It would make it a crime for a child to handle your firearm unless the child was 12 or older and had previously completed a firearms safety class. You would become a criminal for taking your child to go shooting if they had not previously taken some kind of formal class….

The law is completely unenforceable unless they plan on going door-to-door inspecting firearm storage in your home. But this bill again goes beyond what they have attempted in the past. If a prohibited possessor gains access to your firearm you are liable as well.

Albuquerque is the property crime capital of America; if your home or vehicle was broken into and a convicted felon stole your firearm, you could be charged with a crime under the bill. Instead of taking on the issue of the crime wave that has engulfed Albuquerque and other parts of the state, Sedillo Lopez wants to blame you, someone just seeking to defend yourself, if your firearm is stolen.

NMSSA statement- New Mexico Shooting Sports Association

The bill was sent to the NM Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee, which is made up of 3 Republicans and 5 Democrats. One week prior to that, a NM gun control bill HB 193 was introduced that creates a Red Flag law. We’ve written much about how those kind of laws bypass due process, and can damage a person’s 2nd amendment rights based on a mere accusation.

Neither of these NM gun control bills have passed as of this writing, but if you live there, contact your Senators and stay abreast of the situation.


Featured photo: Teaching children how to shoot- via Ruger

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