New Mexico Democrat Introduces Legislation to Criminalize Parents Teaching Children How to Shoot
Leave it to Democrats to demonize and criminalize you for the most effective way of protecting yourself and your family. In New Mexico, a Democratic state senator is doing just that by introducing a bill that will criminalize parents who teach their kids how to shoot if the children are not “authorized users.”
State Bill 224, introduced by Antoinette Sedillo Lopez (D), states "It is an offense for a firearm owner or authorized user to store or keep a firearm in any premises unless the firearm is secured in a locked container or secured by a gun lock or other means so as to render the firearm inaccessible or unusable to any person other than the owner or other authorized user."
The bill also adds, "If a firearm owner or authorized user knows or reasonably should have known that a minor, an at-risk person or a prohibited person could gain access to a firearm belonging to or under the control of that owner or authorized person, and if a minor, an at-risk person or a prohibited person obtained access to that firearm, it is an offense if the firearm owner or authorized user failed to secure the firearm in a locked container or by a lock or other means so as to render such firearm inaccessible or unusable to any person other than the firearm owner or other authorized user."
The New Mexico Shooting Sports Association stated that the bill’s “storage mandate” would "make it a crime for a child to handle your firearm unless the child was 12 or older and had previously completed a firearms safety class."
The NMSSA highlighted that the bill would criminalize parents for teaching their children how to safely handle a firearm “if they had not previously taken some kind of formal class.” They also stated what we were all thinking: “The bill is an uneducated attempt to demonize firearms…it is already a crime to place a child in a situation that endangers their life, this law does nothing to add to a child's safety."
Amen to that!
The association pointed out that the bill is “completely unenforceable” as it is written now unless the state goes through the trouble of actually checking door-to-door whether or not families are abiding by it.
The NMSSA added, "If a prohibited possessor gains access to your firearm you are liable as well.” To elucidate this logic, the association explained, "Albuquerque is the property crime capital of America; if your home or vehicle was broken into and a convicted felon stole your firearm, you could be charged with a crime under the bill. Instead of taking on the issue of the crime wave that has engulfed Albuquerque and other parts of the state, Sedillo Lopez wants to blame you, someone just seeking to defend yourself, if your firearm is stolen."
Here’s yet another example why leaving gun laws and firearm safety to Democrats is disastrous – they prove to have no logic, facts or common sense to back their proposed legislation up. I’d be surprised if Lopez shot a gun, let alone held one, during any point in his lifetime.