NM Proposal Would Allow Concealed Handguns In Bars

A Republican legislator is proposing to allow people licensed to have a concealed handgun to take their weapons into a bar.

Rep. Zach Cook, a Ruidoso lawyer, introduced the measure last week in the House.

The proposal is similar to a bill by Cook that died in the Legislature two years ago and would have allowed permit holders to take their loaded concealed handguns into schools, on college campuses, bars and buses.

Under a 2010 law, people can bring their concealed handguns in New Mexico restaurants serving beer and wine unless the eatery prohibits firearms.

However, it remains illegal to take a concealed weapon into a bar or a restaurant with a full liquor license — places that serve whiskey and other liquor besides wine and beer.

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