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One Week to Go – Call Legislators on Concealed Handgun Bill
With a little over one week to go we are tracking 120 bills but concentrating on approximately 40 bills that look threatening. Check out our legislation tracker to illustrate the insanity of the legislation we battle on your behalf.
Please take a moment to call your legislators, 505-986-4300, to oppose allowing concealed handguns in restaurants with liquor licenses (bills listed directly below). Those are the two bills we believe are most ominous at this time. We’ll keep you posted in the upcoming week.
We just received a message from our lobbyist Allison Kuper. She writes, “Last night after being told the bad tax bill SB648 and minimum wage would not be heard, the bills were heard and tabled. Thanks to all the members for their calls.”
Your calls do make a difference!
CONCEALED HANDGUNS BILLS
HB105 – Heaton (D55)
CONCEALED HANDGUNS IN CERTAIN LIQUOR ESTABLISHMENTS
Adds another exception to the law governing the carrying of concealed handguns into licensed liquor establishments. Permits a concealed handgun to be carried into grocery stores that sell alcohol. Present law allows the carrying of such a firearm into a package store. (2009:SB608)
SB608 – Munoz (D4)
CONCEALED HANDGUNS IN RESTAURANTS
(Related to HB105) Allows a person with a valid concealed handgun license to carry the permitted firearm in an establishment licensed for the sale of alcohol if the restaurant derives a majority of its annual gross receipts from the sale of food for consumption on the premises. (2009:HB105)
The New Mexico Restaurant Association’s mission is to empower the food and beverage industry by promoting and protecting common values and interests. It has more than 1,000 members in 111 cities all over New Mexico, who join together for meetings, seminars and the hospitality industry awards to honor the industry’s top achievers. It has actively represented and promoted the food service industry in New Mexico since 1946.