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New Mexico "Assault Weapon" Ban, Age Restrictions & NYSRPA v Bruen


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Unlike the Illinois legislature which often feigns ignorance of their oath to uphold the Constitution, New Mexico gets it.





How This Supreme Court Ruling Is Already Affecting Gun Reform In A Blue State

The landmark decision isn’t just overturning gun laws – it’s stopping them from passing in the first place.
By Roque Planas
Mar 11, 2023, 05:45 AM EST
New Mexico’s Senate Judiciary Committee gathered recently to figure out how much latitude they had to regulate guns after last year’s bombshell Second Amendment ruling from the Supreme Court.
New Mexico’s legislative session last month opened with gun reform high on the agenda. ... Gov. Michelle Luján Grisham (D) called for a series of firearm restrictions, including an assault weapons ban, in her State of the State speech in January.

But with a week left to go before the session ends, lawmakers are cautiously approaching gun bills and are wary of passing laws that will run afoul of a Supreme Court that has taken a firm stance on the side of gun rights. The legislature is likely to pass some gun reform before the session ends, but lawmakers say an assault weapons ban would be unlikely to hold up in court, and they’re uncertain about a proposal to raise the age to buy some types of firearms from age 18 to 21.


“What I hope we don’t do is lead the public into believing we’re doing something, knowing full well that what we’re doing is unlikely to really have an effect,” Joseph Cervantes, the state Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, said at the hearing last month. “I think that’s a disservice to people.”

The flagging reform push in New Mexico highlights how the Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, which overturned a narrow provision of New York’s concealed carry law, isn’t just overturning gun restrictions ― it’s also blocking them from passing in the first place.
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