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.
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.
|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||Antonio “Moe” Maestas||FOR|
|Representative||Terry H. McMillan||AGAINST|
|Representative||Paul A. Pacheco||AGAINST|
|Representative||William “Bill” R. Rehm||AGAINST|
|Representative||Patricia Roybal Caballero||FOR|