New Mexico – People licensed for concealed handguns could take their weapons into restaurants serving beer and wine under legislation approved by the Senate.
Under the legislation, it will remain illegal for individuals to take their concealed weapons into a bar or a restaurant with a full liquor license.
The bill's sponsor, Sen. George Munoz, a Gallup Democrat, said the proposed change in law could help reduce crime because people have handguns stolen when they leave them in a vehicle to go into a restaurant.
Opponents said it's bad policy to allow concealed handguns in places serving alcohol.
The bill passed the Senate 27-to-15 and was sent to the House for consideration.
The concealed handgun bill is SB40.
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