Sante Fe, NM — A New Mexico Senator has filed a bill that would criminalize teaching your own children how to shoot a gun. Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez recently filed Senate Bill 224 (SB.224), which includes a whole slate of new gun control laws for New Mexico’s gun owners.
But in addition to the everyday gun control ideas like ‘safe’ storage laws, Lopez’s bill says that New Mexican parents could be fined $1000 for allowing a child under 12 years old to ‘carry or be in control of’ a firearm. Period.
For children who are 12 and older, the bill stipulates that parents may shoot with their children ONLY after their kids have taken a firearm safety course.
From the bill’s word:
A minor may be an authorized user only if the minor is at least twelve years of age and has successfully completed a firearm safety training course.
What is contained in the firearm safety course? Who knows!
That would criminalize the act of parental supervision with a firearm for any person under 12 who has not paid for approved training.
A representative of the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association criticized López’s bill, according to New Mexico’s Piñon Post.
So you can’t allow your child to touch a gun until they’re 12 years old AND have taken a government gun safety course.
The state of New Mexico already has a law against ‘endangering’ children, so why is this extra legislation necessary?
This is just the tyrannical government assuming ownership and control of gun owners’ children. Once again, the state pretends that it cares more about saving children than their own parents do — while making it legal for parents to murder their children in utero.
That’s the hypocrisy of the left on full display!
But more than that, the radical left knows if kids don’t have those great memories of learning to shoot with their Grandpa or hunting with their Dad, they’re far less likely to care about owning a gun when they’re older. And if they don’t own guns, they sure won’t fight for their gun rights!
In fact, if they’ve never held one and have no good memories with them, they’ll likely be filled with anti-gun propaganda that makes them afraid of guns.
Instead of loving and cherishing the Second Amendment, laws like this make our younger generation easy prey for radical left anti-gun organizations in their schools and colleges.
New Mexico gun owners, get involved, get organized, and start fighting for your gun rights!
“The bill is an uneducated attempt to demonize firearms,” the NMSSA said. “It is already a crime to place a child in a situation that endangers their life, this law does nothing to add to a child’s safety.”
“The law is completely unenforceable unless they plan on going door-to-door inspecting firearm storage in your home. But this bill again goes beyond what they have attempted in the past. If a prohibited possessor gains access to your firearm you are liable as well.”
The NMSSA went on to say that crime in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, is a haven for property crimes that could presumably result in the victim of a crime like a burglary becoming a criminal, should one of their firearms be stolen.
The introduction of López’s bill comes a week after a separate so-called “red flag” bill was introduced in the state that would make it easier to circumvent due process in order to confiscate firearms from citizens.
Under H.B. 193 in New Mexico, presumably anyone who would face a complaint could see their Second Amendment rights revoked for one year, or even for life, with very little process.
“A respondent who receives a temporary or one-year extreme risk firearm protection order shall relinquish all firearms in the respondent’s possession, custody or control or subject to the respondent’s possession, custody or control in a safe manner to a law enforcement officer, a law enforcement agency or a federal firearms licensee within forty-eight hours of service of the order or sooner at the discretion of the court,” according to the bill.
A further read of the bill reveals that even an accusation against someone could hurt them, should they have any kind of run-in with law enforcement officers or attempt to exercise their rights, even after being found not to be at “risk.”
“An extreme risk firearm protection order shall remain in each state system for the period stated in the order. Entry into the computer-based criminal intelligence information system constitutes notice to all law enforcement agencies of the existence of the order. The extreme risk firearm protection order shall be fully enforceable in any county, city or town in the state.”
Piñon Post reported that these and other bills are being introduced as New Mexico Democrats seem intent on enforcing vast gun control measures.
None of the anti-gun bills have been passed into law as of yet.