Senate Bill 26, the NRA- and NMSSA-backed legislation sponsored by state Senator Bill Payne (R-ABQ), would repeal Section 30-7-9 of the New Mexico Criminal Code, was referred to both the state House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee and the state House Judiciary Committee this week.  Also this week, the state House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee gave a unanimous "do pass" recommendation to House Bill 67.  This bill would codify what the New Mexico Department of Public Safety(NM DPS) is already doing administratively - conducting the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background checks on all applicants for original and renewal concealed handgun licenses.  Finally, the state House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee also gave a "do pass" recommendation to House Bill 206.  This bill would override an administrative rule which bans the carrying of loaded handguns by license holders in state parks. 

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