The End of Another Legislative Session in New Mexico

Today marked the end of the 2023 Legislative Regular Session in New Mexico. Fortunately for those of us who believe in the Second and the right to self defense, a number of anti-2A bills didn’t even advance for a vote. Here’s one we’re particularly fortunate did not pass. House Bill 238 would have made the unlawful discharge of a firearm in a densely populated area a 4th degree felony.

What’s an “unlawful discharge in a densely populated area,” you might ask? Per this bill, it consists of “discharging a firearm while in a densely populated area.” In other words, if you’re attacked and defend yourself with your legally owned firearm in say, Santa Fe or Albuquerque, you would be guilty of a felony. Which of course means in turn that you are no longer allowed to own a firearm at all.

NM House Bill 238

How deceptively clever of them.


That goes also for NM SB171 that got tabled, and NM HB101 that I suppose the sponsors may have run out of time finishing presenting that bill. You can count they will be trying again next time around. As for NM HB238 that mostly pertained to unlawfully discharging a firearm let’s say for the NEW YEAR but in addition for any other reason as well just for an excuse to make anyone a felon. These anti-gun people surely protect THEIR CRIMINAL LOVED ONES!


When I lived down there, Tome it was pretty wild. Going over past Coors and your life was in danger.


My own USCCA instructor, living in ABQ, says he won’t even go out after 9:00.


Yeah, HB101… the bill that started off as a “high capacity magazine” ban, consisting of three pages, and then in committee turned into a 16 page de facto “assault weapons” ban.

I think what’s going on is legislators are cowards, and if they can get away with not addressing controversial issues by ignoring them, that’s exactly what they’re going to do. In the firearms bills from this session, that was to our benefit: No 14-day waiting period instituted, no magazine capacity limits, no age restrictions…