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Gun Control Legislation Introduced on First Day of Prefiling Bills for 2018 Session

Even though the 2018 Regular Session of the New Mexico Legislature doesn’t convene for another month, pre-filing of legislation began last Friday.  Not surprisingly, gun control advocates in the Roundhouse introduced restrictive firearm-related legislation on the first day of prefiling.

State Rep. Matthew McQueen (D-Santa Fe) is sponsoring House Bill 17, similar to federal legislation proposed by anti-gun California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.  His bill would make it a crime to knowingly possess a firearm accessory or any other device, part or combination of parts that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm.  The broad and overreaching provisions in HB 17 could potentially criminalize firearm modifications such as competition triggers, muzzle brakes, and ergonomic changes that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability.  Violations would be a fourth degree felony.

The 2018 Legislative Session is primarily a budget session, where fiscal matters of the state should take priority and non-fiscal issues must receive a message from the governor in order to be considered during the 30-day session.  Please contact your state lawmakers and Governor Susana Martinez and politely let them know you oppose House Bill 17.

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