New Mexico: More Red Flag Gun Confiscation and a Proposed Ban on Self-Made Firearms

Gun Rights

House Bill 193: “Red Flag” Is Back & It’s Worse Than Before

Rep. Joy Garratt (D-ABQ) & Rep. Daymon Ely (D-ABQ), authors of NRA-opposed Senate Bill 5 from the 2020 session, are back this session with House Bill 193, an amendment to the red-flag gun confiscation law that would allow a police officer to petition for an extreme risk protective order directly. Keep in mind that no crime has to be committed, or alleged to have been committed, for the order to be issued. The order would allow the police officer to search the home of the person subject to the order and seize any firearms the officer finds.

The red flag gun confiscation law has been a failure, as has every gun-control law passed in New Mexico. No one has been made safer as anti-gun lawmakers, elected with the support of billionaire gun control financier Michael Bloomberg, have rushed to trample on New Mexicans’ civil liberties.

HB 193 has been assigned to two committees: House Consumer and Public Affairs, and House Judiciary.  NRA-ILA will notify you as to when this bill is scheduled for a hearing.

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House Bill 166 Filed to Ban Self-Made Firearms and Firearm Components

​This week, Rep. Tara Lujan (D-Santa Fe) filed House Bill 166 which would essentially end the centuriesold custom of manufacturing firearms, or firearms components, for personal use. This proposed ban on self-made firearms would criminalize hobbyists who design, assemble, or manufacture their own guns or gun components.

HB 166 creates a whole new list of felony offenses and restrictions that far exceed federal law:

* It would make you a felon if you manufacture or otherwise assemble a firearm and you are not a federally-licensed manufacturer or dealer, even if using a serialized receiver purchased from an FFL with a background check, or if you possess such a firearm made by a non-FFL.

* It would make you a felon if you manufacture or otherwise assemble a gun that has no serial number placed on the receiver or frame by a federally-licensed manufacturer or importer, or if you are not an FFL and you possess or purchase separately, or as part of a kit, a firearm frame or receiver that lacks an imprinted serial number.

* It would make you a felon if you use a 3D printer or similar device to manufacture a firearm or firearm component and you are not a federally-licensed manufacturer or dealer, or if you possess a firearm (or, presumably a firearm component) manufactured by a non-FFL using a 3D printer.  Anyone making this technology, including digital instructions or design files, available for firearms or firearm component production to non-FFLs in New Mexico, would be a felon.

HB 166 has been assigned to three committees: House Consumer and Public Affairs, House Judiciary, and House Appropriations and Finance.  NRA-ILA will notify you as to when this bill is scheduled for a hearing.

In the meantime, please contact your state representative and urge them to OPPOSE HB 193 and HB 166.  Click the “Take Action” button to email your state representative directly.

Contact information for State Representatives can be found here. If you do not know who your State Representative is, click here.

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