It is legal carry your gun in the Roundhouse. You can carry it with you in committee hearings, into the House or Senate gallery. In fact, gun rights advocates are carrying their guns around the state capitol right now.
The Albuquerque Journal covered the interesting allowance — something that isn’t a nationwide thing by any means.
“New Mexico is one of just a few states that allow guns, concealed or otherwise, at its state Capitol – a policy that has never been seriously challenged,” Deborah Baker wrote.
The only move in recent memory, and perhaps ever, was by then-Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque, who introduced a rule that would bar guns from the Senate floor, gallery or committee rooms.
“With political tensions running high at both the national and state levels, we need to be sure that the Senate is a place of safety where every view can be expressed without fear of violence or gunplay,” Feldman said in a news release in 2011 announcing the move.
While there is a bill that would ask for background checks on gun purchases at gun shows, there are no moves to amend House or Senate rules to disallow guns from official legislative business
As a way of comparison, and for fun, there are a number of things that are not allowed in the Roundhouse.
We added another picture at the bottom of the page.
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Featured photo via ProgressNow New Mexico.
You can’t wear a hat in the chambers or House or Senate gallery.
Photo by mil8/Flickr
You can’t have your laptop out in the House gallery.
No photography from the House or Senate galleries — or without the permission of committee chair.
No eating in House or Senate galleries or in committee rooms.
No smoking inside.
No standing on furniture.
Via Julie Ann Grimm, newspapers are barred in galleries. Added 02-08-13 at 1:20 pm.