New Mexico bill allows more judges to carry firearms into courthouses

February 14th, 2013 by Bill Raftery Leave a reply »

The latest effort to let more judges carry firearms in courthouses appears to be in New Mexico. Under existing law a concealed carry license does NOT allow a person to carry a firearm into a courthouse without the presiding judge of the court’s permission.

A concealed handgun license shall not be valid in a courthouse or court facility, unless authorized by the presiding judicial officer for that courthouse or court facility.

Under HB 454 a judge who serves in that courthouse would be able to carry a firearm with a concealed carry license, regardless of whether the presiding judge approves or not.

A concealed handgun license shall not be valid in a courthouse or court facility, unless:

A. carrying concealed handguns is authorized by the presiding judicial officer for that courthouse or court facility; or

B. the concealed handgun license belongs to a judge who works or is designated to work in the courthouse or court facility.

The bill is currently pending in the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee.

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