New Mexico Moves to Ban Firearms at Polling Places

Mason Riverwind

Updated Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 12:05 PM CDT

New Mexico Moves to Ban Firearms at Polling Places

In a decisive move to bolster voter safety ahead of the 2024 elections, New Mexico's state Senate has passed a bill aimed at restricting firearms at polling places. The bill, which received a 26-16 vote in favor, saw unanimous Republican opposition with one Democrat joining the dissent. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has expressed support for the legislation, which now progresses to the state House for further consideration.

The initiative, propelled by concerns of voter intimidation and the well-being of poll workers, proposes to ban both concealed and open carry of guns within 100 feet of polling place entrances and 50 feet of absentee ballot drop boxes. New Mexico seeks to join a roster of a dozen states, including Florida, Georgia, Arizona, and Michigan, that have already instituted laws prohibiting guns at voting locations.

The bill's co-sponsor, Santa Fe's Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, along with other supporters, aims to extend existing gun restrictions from schools and Native American tribal lands to all polling sites. Should the bill pass, violations would incur a petty misdemeanor charge, potentially leading to six months in county jail, a $500 fine, or both. Notably, a similar bill was passed by the Senate last year but did not advance in the House.

The current iteration of the bill carves out exceptions for leaving firearms in personal vehicles while voting and accounts for voting centers located in shopping malls. Tijeras' Gregg Schmedes opposes the bill, citing a disproportionate effect on Republican gun owners. This comes in the context of the 2022 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Bruen decision, which has prompted a reevaluation of firearms restrictions across the nation.

In related news, Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, is embroiled in his own legal challenges related to firearms. He has requested a federal judge dismiss the gun case against him, alleging political motives. Key evidence includes cocaine residue found on a gun pouch, sparking intense scrutiny and claims of selective prosecution by his lawyer, Abbe Lowell. Despite prosecutors' readiness to offer a plea deal, the case remains contentious with accusations of political influence.

Hunter Biden, who has previously admitted to a struggle with crack cocaine addiction, pleaded not guilty to charges related to lying on a gun purchase form. An appeals court recently ruled that a federal ban on drug users possessing guns is unconstitutional, potentially impacting his case. As the legal drama unfolds, Hunter Biden reportedly expressed fears of fleeing the country if Donald Trump were to win the upcoming presidential election, a statement made during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol.

As New Mexico advances its bill to ensure the sanctity of its polling stations, the nation's gaze turns towards Hunter Biden's legal battles, which may coincide with his father's campaign for a second presidential term.

Conservative Bias:

Once again, the leftists are t****ling on the Second Amendment, folks. New Mexico's liberal Senate is pushing through a bill to strip law-abiding citizens of their God-given right to bear arms, even as they exercise another fundamental right – voting. It's clear as day: the Democrats are using the guise of 'voter safety' to disarm and disempower the American people, particularly conservatives who understand the importance of self-defense. This is nothing but a thinly veiled attempt to suppress the Republican vote by making gun owners feel unwelcome at the polls. And while they're infringing on our constitutional rights, they're turning a blind eye to the real issue: Hunter Biden's flagrant disregard for the law. But no, instead of upholding justice, they're giving him a free pass because he's the son of their beloved Democrat President. It's hypocrisy at its finest, folks.

Liberal Bias:

In a commendable stride towards protecting democracy, New Mexico is taking a stand against the gun-toting intimidation tactics that have become all too common at our sacred polling places. Yet, predictably, the Republican obstructionists are up in arms, defending the so-called 'rights' of people to bring deadly weapons to a place of civic duty. It's just another day in their relentless crusade to undermine the safety and freedom of American voters. And let's not forget the sideshow of privilege and corruption: Hunter Biden, a man who should be held accountable for his actions, is trying to wriggle out of consequences with the help of his father's political clout. It's a stark reminder of the two-tiered system of justice in this country, where the elite play by different rules. The GOP's silence on this matter is deafening – their hypocrisy knows no bounds as they defend the Second Amendment while t****ling on the rest of the Constitution.

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