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Lawmakers stick with concealed gun regulations

Associated Press
Steve Neville

SANTA FE — A proposal that would allow people to carry a concealed handgun in New Mexico without a special license has stalled in its first legislative hearing.

The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted Friday to indefinitely table the bill that would allow anyone 18 and over to carry a concealed, loaded gun if they already meet essential requirements under current regulations.

States including Missouri, West Virginia, Mississippi and Idaho enacted similar “constitutional carry” measures last year that allow concealed guns without a permit.

The proposal in New Mexico from Republican Sen. Steven Neville also has been filed as a constitutional amendment that would require approval by a majority of all lawmakers and a statewide vote.