New Mexico bill allows more judges to carry firearms into courthouses

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.