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New Mexico lawmaker looks to make it easier for eligible adults to carry a gun

by Katherine Mozzone | KRQE.com  |  Published on January 3, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s a constitutional right to carry a firearm. Now, one New Mexico state lawmaker wants to make it easier for people to exercise that right.

“It would allow anyone who would be legally entitled to own firearms and carry firearms to do so without having a concealed carry permit,” explained Republican State Senator Steve Neville of San Juan County.

Senator Neville wants to introduce a bill based on the constitutional carry concept.

“We’re extending the right to keep and bear arms without any procedural requirements to do so,” he said.

Yet, you could still take a training course and you would have to, if you ever wanted to conceal carry your gun out of state.

“The training’s very minimal anyway,” said Neville.

Caliber’s COO and Franchising President Will Hogsett says New Mexico’s concealed carry training consists of 15 hours of class time, plus shooting qualification.

“It’s actually one of the most stringent in the country,” Hogsett said.

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