New Mexico: Firearm Owner Liability Bill to be Heard Jan. 24

Prevention of child access to firearms is a serious subject and is not taken lightly. Anti-gun proponents in New Mexico are using children and taking advantage of the unlawful actions of others to push their agenda with House Bill 9 to restrict and, ultimately, ban firearms throughout New Mexico.

Tomorrow, Jan. 24, the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee at 1:30 p.m. in room 317 of the State Capitol will hear House Bill 9.

House Bill 9 creates a fourth-degree felony penalty for a person who keeps or stores a firearm in a manner that negligently disregards a minor’s ability to access that firearm and the minor accesses that firearm and uses it in a manner that causes great bodily harm to, or death of the minor or another person. If the minor displays or brandishes the firearm in a threatening manner or causes injury to himself or another person not resulting in great bodily harm or death, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor.

New Mexico already has strict laws holding adults accountable for child endangerment. That law states that it is a felony for a responsible person to knowingly, intentionally, or negligently, and without justifiable cause, cause or permit a child to be placed in a situation that may endanger the child’s life or health.  HB 9 just adds another law to the books, instead of enforcing the current child endangerment law. It is meant to harass and threaten law-abiding firearm owners into giving up their right to self-defense and to hunt with a firearm of their choice.

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