Sante Fe, NM — A New Mexico Senator has filed a bill that would criminalize teaching your own children how to shoot a gun. Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez recently filed Senate Bill 224 (SB.224), which includes a whole slate of new gun control laws for New Mexico's gun owners.
But in addition to the everyday gun control ideas like 'safe' storage laws, Lopez's bill says that New Mexican parents could be fined $1000 for allowing a child under 12 years old to 'carry or be in control of' a firearm. Period.
For children who are 12 and older, the bill stipulates that parents may shoot with their children ONLY after their kids have taken a firearm safety course.
From the bill's word:
A minor may be an authorized user only if the minor is at least twelve years of age and has successfully completed a firearm safety training course.
What is contained in the firearm safety course? Who knows!
So you can't allow your child to touch a gun until they're 12 years old AND have taken a government gun safety course.
The state of New Mexico already has a law against 'endangering' children, so why is this extra legislation necessary?