NM HB 402 Tabled


February 22, 2013, 01:52 AM
House Consumer Affairs Committee Tables HB 402, an Assault Weapon Ban, 3-2 Vote.

Video Here:

From KOB.com

A proposed ban on assault-style weapons and large ammunition magazines had a committee fired up in Santa Fe late into the night Thursday.

Gun supporters and those in favor of a ban waited hours and crowded into long lines for the hearing at the Roundhouse.

The controversial bill was a longshot to begin with and after 2.5 hours of both sides making their case, the House Consumer Affairs Committee tabled the proposed ban in a 3-to-2 vote.

In addition to assault-style weapons, the tough piece of legislation would have outlawed magazines that hold more than ten rounds.

Committee Chair Eliseo Lee Alcon was the swing vote and made it clear, "now is not the time for New Mexico to take aim at gun control."

Democrat Steve Easely of Santa Fe sponsored the bill.

"The chairman stated his reasons, he thinks this is probably premature relative to the federal level," Easely said. "He and I disagree on that because we don't know what's going to happen at the federal level and how that will come out, so I believe we need to take action here."

Detective Steve Chavez, of Cibola County, attended the hearing and said he was happy the bill was tabled.

"As a cop, my concern honestly, is that citizens will see this as an infringement and they will fight they will fight me, my people, as we're going and having to enforce," he said.

The push for state gun control may be done for now, but Easely said, his fight for change is far from over - there is always next year.

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February 22, 2013, 06:47 AM
Terrific news that it's gone for this year -- very sad that there were two votes opposed to tabling. Where can we look up the votes? It's interesting the article says there were long lines both in favor and opposed: googling the bill before the hearing, the only places I saw any mention of it were pro-gun sites and a few sites dedicated to following all legislative action. Nothing in the news, no anti-gun sites.

February 22, 2013, 12:15 PM
I'll try to find out.

In the mean time here's the fiscal impact report that basically destroys the bill based on how much it's going to cost the tax payers to defend lawsuits challenging the bill.


February 22, 2013, 12:20 PM
Here's the committee that just tabled HB 402

Representative Eliseo Lee Alcon Chair
Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero Vice Chair
Representative Thomas A. Anderson Member
Representative Gail Chasey Member
Representative Jason C. Harper Member

Anderson and Harper are the only Republicans. Anderson is my rep for my district so I've eMailed him for a vote tally. That means one of those Democrats stepped up and did the right thing. I'll post more when I get it.

February 22, 2013, 01:02 PM
According to the folks at Caliber's Shooting Range here in Albuquerque the three votes to table came from:

Chairman Eliseo Alcon
(505) 986-4844

Rep. Tom Anderson
(505) 986-4451

Rep. Jason Harper
(505) 986-4254

Mr. Alcon was the lone Democrat to do the right thing here. Please contact him and thank him for his support of New Mexicans' civil liberty.

February 23, 2013, 09:57 AM
Glad to hear this bill was tabled but beware that comments afterward from the Representative who introduced this bill says he will try again. I wonder where in the world we find these liberal knuckleheads in this state and elect them to office. I emailed my representative on this bill and said if it passed I would move across the state line to Texas.

February 23, 2013, 01:40 PM
I believe that Steven Easley (the bill's author) is a Santa Fe dem. This state is slowly becoming californicated.

February 23, 2013, 01:55 PM
Now when they want to get re elected you know what to do.

Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero Vice Chair
Representative Gail Chasey Member

Vote them out, They work for us and took an oath to uphold the Constitution.

Prince Yamato
February 23, 2013, 09:50 PM
I believe that Steven Easley (the bill's author) is a Santa Fe dem. This state is slowly becoming californicated.

Santa Fe has always been loaded with wackadoos. It's a haven for wackjobs with lots of money. A year ago, they had people protesting municipal wifi because they claimed that the rf waves were causing them brain issues.

Thankfully, Albuquerque has the majority population wise.

February 23, 2013, 11:44 PM
I think more than a few RF waves have been directed at The Roundhouse lately. :rolleyes:

A couple of friends went to Santa Fe for the hearings and reported it was pretty much a railroad to try to get the bill passed. Let's be sure to email the friends we apparently still have in SF and thank them, and let them know we will support those who support 2A.

February 24, 2013, 02:46 AM
I lived in NM for more than 30 years until I moved to AZ 3 years ago. NM has always been pro gun but has always been a democrat stronghold. Time to vote them out while you have a good Republican Governor.

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February 25, 2013, 04:39 PM
I wish we could. Too many liberals there, and more coming in from Cali every day. It used to be a Texas immigrant was snubbed, but now they seem to be going after the Cali transplants. They have prettty much ruined California, and got tired of that bull**** and left, but now they're trying the same stuff in New Mexico. :cuss:

I'm not sure how true our gov is nowadays, what with her supporting the universal background checks.

February 25, 2013, 09:33 PM
As much as I love New Mexico, I do enjoy the freedom of living in Arizona.

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