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House committee advances rule to ban open carry in House

House committee advances rule to ban open carry in House

A House committee voted on party lines to advance a rule that would ban the carrying of guns on the House floor, in the gallery and other areas controlled by the House. The vote was on a 9-8 party line on Wednesday afternoon with all Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee voting for the rule change and all Republicans voted against it. The rule now goes to the House Rules Committee. The bill was amended on … Read entire article »

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Push to ban guns in the Senate fails in Rules Committee

Push to ban guns in the Senate fails in Rules Committee

A push to ban guns in the Senate chambers and Senate committee rooms failed in the Senate Rules Committee. Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, introduced the rule change but it failed on a 4-2 vote. “The reason I’m doing this is because of what happened last session,” Wirth said, saying constituents told him that they were scared to come to the Roundhouse because of the firearms. “There are places where I just don’t feel it’s appropriate to have … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico Senate

NM Senators support expanded background checks but can’t overcome filibuster

NM Senators support expanded background checks but can’t overcome filibuster

The U.S. Senate voted down all attempts to curtail gun violence, including an amendment that would have expanded gun background checks to all sales at gun shows and on purchases made on the internet. To be more accurate, the Senate voted against breaking a filibuster on the amendments — a majority voted to move forward, but it was unable to break the filibuster. Both New Mexico U.S. Senators voted to move forward. There were other amendments that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation, Featured

NM Senators vote to break filibuster on debate of gun bill

NM Senators vote to break filibuster on debate of gun bill

The U.S. Senate voted on a 68-31 vote to proceed on debate of a gun background check bill that would expand background checks to all commercial sales but still have some exceptions, such as transfers to family members. Both U.S. Senators from New Mexico were among those who voted to break the filibuster and allow debate on the bill to begin. In all, 50 Democrats and 16 Republicans, as well as both independents, voted to invoke … Read entire article »

Filed under: Delegation, Featured

Rep. Herrell says background check bill “stupid,” still supports controversial abortion bill

Rep. Herrell says background check bill “stupid,” still supports controversial abortion bill

Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Ruidoso, referred to a bill to close the gun show loophole as “stupid” and said that she still supports a controversial bill that many said would originally have criminalized women getting an abortion for a pregnancy that came from rape or incest. Herrell made the comments to the monthly meeting of the Republican Party of Otero County. Herrell was a cosponsor of the original bill that incited a national firestorm over language that the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House, New Mexico Senate, Roundhouse

Gun background check legislation runs out of time

Gun background check legislation runs out of time

While it appeared a bill that would close the gun show loophole had enough momentum to pass the Legislature this year, the legislature adjourned at noon on Saturday without it clearing the Senate. The bill had multiple long hearings in the House and Senate and was changed drastically from the original version, which would have required background checks on all sales of guns. The bill was changed so it would only apply to sales at gun … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico Senate

Bill to close gun show loophole on to Senate floor

Bill to close gun show loophole on to Senate floor

A bill that would require background checks for all gun purchases at gun shows passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 6-4 party-line vote. All Democrats supported the legislation while all Republicans voted against the measure. The bill was one of the more contentious pieces of legislation in this year’s session — but is also one that Gov. Susana Martinez has indicated she will sign. While it had hearings that were many hours long in House committees … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico Senate, Roundhouse

Bill to fix gun show loophole poised to clear committee

Bill to fix gun show loophole poised to clear committee

A bill that would close the gun show loophole and require background checks for all purchases is poised to clear the Senate committee where it stalled earlier this week. The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted on a 4-4 vote against passing the bill, HB 77, along to the next committee; that means that this bill failed, as it requires a majority to move on. The bill is not dead because it can be brought back for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico Senate

Senate Public Affairs took center stage last night

Senate Public Affairs took center stage last night

The Senate Public Affairs Committee had a late-night meeting that took center stage. The legislators did not take a break for dinner, instead eating through the hearing. Committee chair Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, advised those watching the committee to ignore the sounds of chewing from the committee members. The committee’s marathon meeting almost lasted into the early hours of this morning ending when the committee voted to pass the “tax reboot” that would institute a 2 percent … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Economy, Featured, Immigration, New Mexico Senate

Bill to eliminate gun show loophole fails in committee but not dead

Bill to eliminate gun show loophole fails in committee but not dead

The bill working its way through the legislature that would close the so-called “gun show loophole” failed to pass the Senate Public Affairs Committee on a 4-4 vote. Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, voted along with the Republicans against passing the bill. This means the bill fails, however it can be brought back and will be back on Thursday. Afterwards, Ivey-Soto said he voted against the bill because he believed it usurped the right to bear arms. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico Senate