SANTA FE —Last night, the Senate Judiciary Committee tabled Senate Bill 114, sponsored by Senator Steven Neville (R-Aztec), which would have allowed individuals with a concealed carry permit to carry firearms in all restaurants that garner more than 60 percent of their business from food. The recent changes to the liquor law indirectly added to the list of prohibited places where concealed carry permit holders are prohibited from carrying their firearm.
Senator Neville issued the following statement in response to the tabling of his bill:
“Concealed carry permit holders are among the most prudent and well-trained firearm owners. These law-abiding citizens who wish to exercise their right to protect themselves and their families should be able to do so, even when they eat at their favorite local restaurant. I worry that the continued muddying of our concealed carry law only harms concealed carry permit holders and the restaurants they would otherwise patronize.”