New Mexico Consumer & Public Affairs Committee Push Red Flag Laws

New Mexico Reverting to Old Mexico?
House Bill 193 amends New Mexico’s red flag firearms surrender law to allow a police officer to petition for an extreme risk protective order. IMG iStock-884193540.jpg

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Even though opponents of HB 193 and HB 166 outnumbered gun control advocates 80/20 on the committee’s zoom hearing yesterday afternoon, the committee voted 3-2 to advance HB 166 and will vote by the same margin to advance HB 193 when they reconvene on Saturday (though no additional testimony will be taken this weekend).

​House Bill 193 amends New Mexico’s red flag firearms surrender law to allow a police officer to petition for an extreme risk protective order (ERPO) directly, and to confiscate any firearms discovered when serving the order.  Owners of guns seized in this manner would no longer have the option of storing them with, or selling them to, a federal firearms licensed dealer (FFL), as the original law permitted.  And language has been added to the bill in a committee substitute to now allow ANYONE — not just a relative, intimate partner or school administrator as provided for in current law — who has information that a person poses a significant risk to themselves or others, to request that a law enforcement officer petition for an ERPO against that person.  The information doesn’t have to be verified, it just has to sound credible, and the allegation could be made by someone who has no mental health training or suffers from mental health issues of their own.

New Mexico’s ERPO law, which has been a failure and tramples on civil liberties with little or no due process, should be repealed not expanded.

House Bill 166 would essentially end the centuries-old custom of manufacturing firearms, or firearms components, for personal use. This proposed ban on self-made firearms would criminalize hobbyists who design or manufacture their own gun or gun components.  HB 166 creates a whole new list of criminal offenses and restrictions that far exceed federal law.  A proposed committee substitute for the measure (which is still not available on the Legislature’s website nearly 24 hours after the hearing) lowered penalties from a felony to a misdemeanor and made a few other technical changes.  However, the legislation still does the following:

* It would make you a criminal if you manufacture a firearm and you are not a federally-licensed manufacturer or dealer, even if using a serialized receiver purchased from an FFL with a background check, or if you possess such a firearm made by a non-FFL.

* It would make you a criminal if you manufacture or otherwise assemble a gun that has no serial number placed on the receiver or frame by a federally-licensed manufacturer or importer, or if you are not an FFL and you possess or purchase separately, or as part of a kit, a firearm frame or receiver that lacks an imprinted serial number.

* It would make you a criminal if you use a 3D printer or similar device to manufacture a firearm or firearm component and you are not a federally-licensed manufacturer or dealer, or if you possess a firearm (or, presumably a firearm component) manufactured by a non-FFL using a 3D printer.  Anyone making this technology, including digital instructions or design files, available for firearms or firearm component production to non-FFLs in New Mexico, would be a criminal as well.

Both HB 193 and HB 166 now go to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.  Please contact Judiciary Committee members and urge them to OPPOSE both bills.  NRA-ILA will notify you when a Zoom hearing is scheduled and provide you with instructions on how to testify virtually against these measures.


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MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
2 months ago

We were a nation of laws, checks and balances but no more. Public officials can no longer be trusted to represent us once they get into position, even the process of a fair election is now questionable. Red flag laws are ripe with potential to strip away any 2nd Amendment right with no due process.
It costs politicians and bureaucrats nothing to be wrong and “We the People” everything.

Buster
Buster
2 months ago

“Consumer & Public Affairs Committee”
Who exactly sits on this committee? Why not publish their names, faces, families faces, and home addresses?

We’re making a list and checking it twice…

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax
2 months ago
Reply to  Buster

Buster,

I’m sure that the information is publicly available. Do the legwork.
Compiling a “list” and publishing it is so close to doxxing that I wouldn’t be happy trying to live by the difference. Doxxing is a 2 edged sword, one that is usually used by the Left to intimidate their opponents and their families. Publicly advocating the making of lists is not anyone’s smartest move of the day. You might want to think about that.

Vince
Vince
2 months ago

Sounds like a replay of the Salem Witch Trials except with firearms instead of magic.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
2 months ago

I hope the People/Citizens open their eyes and stop this encroachment on Americans RIGHTS!! This NONSENSE must be put to an end!!!

Degforyou
Degforyou
1 month ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

I fully agree, the America people has got to get up off their seat of do nothing and get ur done, that is clean house of this tyranny gov, and take back our country of freedom.