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Bill would allow concealed guns in schools
A bill proposed by a Ruidoso lawmaker would make it legal to carry concealed weapons onto public school property. The bill would also allow people to carry multiple concealed weapons.
State Rep. Zachary Cook, R-Ruidoso, proposed a law, HB 136, which would allow concealed weapons to be carried in public schools, preschools, universities, licensed liquor establishments and state parks.
Cook says he’s offering the proposal because of constituent complaints, including people who say it’s a burden to leave their weapons in their vehicles while they escort their children into a school.
Gov. Susana Martinez does not back allowing concealed weapons in schools but does support allowing concealed weapons in state parks, the AP reported.
This is not the only proposed law to do with concealed weapons this year.
HB 140, a bill sponsored by State Rep. Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, would eliminate the need for a two-year refresher course on a concealed gun license.
A bill by Sen. Steven Neville, R-Aztec, would eliminate several requirements for carrying concealed weapons. SB 29 would eliminate the two-year refresher course, nix the need for fingerprints on renewing licenses and extend the amount of time one can apply for a new license after the previous license expired from 60 days to 90.