February 5, 2014

House Committee Passes Proposed Rule to Limit Guns in Roundhouse; Sen Proposal Fails

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Guns in the Roundhouse, ABQ Journal

The House Judiciary Committee, on a party line vote, passed Rep. Brian Egolf’s HM3, “Prohibiting the Carrying of Firearms in the House” and now heads to the House Rules Committee.

In an odd turn of events, Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque) proposed an amendment to permit concealed carry permit holders to carry in House offices.  After winning approval of that amendment, he voted against the bill which included it.

A similar Senate proposal failed today on a 4-2 vote.

New Mexico is one of just 4 states permitting the uninhibited carrying of weapons in the state capitol.  The practice has drawn criticism for years but was amplified last year after right-wing gun owner groups encouraged members to bring assault rifles to the legislature.

Deborah Baker of the Albuquerque Journal covered this issue earlier this year.  Read her story here.

The House memorial is essentially a change to the rules of the House chamber.  Rule changes require a 2/3 vote of members, or a majority vote if the change is approved by the Rules Committee first.  With passage by the Judiciary Committee today, HM3 will go to the Rules Committee for consideration.

The vote:

Title Name
Representative Gail Chasey FOR
Representative Georgene Louis FOR
Representative Eliseo Lee Alcon FOR
Representative Cathrynn N. Brown AGAINST
Representative Zachary J. Cook AGAINST
Representative Brian F. Egolf, Jr. FOR
Representative Kelly K. Fajardo AGAINST
Representative Miguel P. Garcia FOR
Representative Nate Gentry AGAINST
Representative Emily Kane FOR
Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas FOR
Representative Terry H. McMillan AGAINST
Representative Paul A. Pacheco AGAINST
Representative Vickie Perea AGAINST
Representative William “Bill” R. Rehm AGAINST
Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero FOR
Representative Mimi Stewart FOR