Santa Fe 
– The Speaker of the House forced two controversial bills through late Friday evening by ignoring the rules which protect member’s right to debate. Reducing the 2nd amendment rights of law-abiding New Mexicans is the goal of the two bills passed by House Democrats.

“What happened tonight in the House is exactly why we don’t support these bills,” said Rod Montoya (R-Farmington). “The number of rules or laws don’t matter when there are those who are willing to break them. Only law-abiding citizens will be penalized by these new laws.”

“The Speaker of the House over the last two weeks has routinely broken rules to ignore Republicans questions and to stifle debate,” Rep. Montoya continued.

Among the bills passed on Monday is House Bill 8 (HB 8.) This bill would impose criminal penalties on law abiding New Mexicans trying to sell or trade their firearm. HB 8 does nothing to address where most criminals receive a gun, which is through theft.

“When it comes to these bills, 29 out of our 33 Sheriffs stand against them because they can’t be enforced and infringe on the due process rights of law abiding New Mexicans,” said House Minority Leader Rep. Jim Townsend (R-Artesia).