The anti-gunners strike in New Mexico.
The New Mexico Senate has approved a bill that would make it illegal to carry firearms in the state Capitol building for everyone except police officers or those with concealed-carry permits.
Sponsored by Sens. Daniel Ivey-Soto and Bill Sharer, Senate Bill 337 passed Saturday on a bipartisan 29-12 vote. It will now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.
The legislation would make it a misdemeanor for anyone but police to openly carry a gun in the Capitol, and would make it a fourth-degree felony to discharge a firearm in the building unless for self-defense or in defense of others.
NMPolitics.net reports the bill was put into motion due to some people carrying rifles to hearings in the Capitol, causing others to become fearful of attending legislative sessions.
“It’s very intimidating with guns being openly carried,” Sen. Majority Leader Peter Wirth said.
Sharer, who usually opposes gun restrictions, said, “It’s not fear of firearms that’s driving me. It’s so we can have reasonable debate in the Capitol.”
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