I would like to know how Senate Bill 300 and House Bill 163 would restrict the ability of officers to ensure public safety.
I was on vacation in New Mexico and was wearing my weapon in the concealed-carry position walking into a donut shop. As I was walking in, I held the door open for a Brinks armored truck guard carrying a money bag.
Of course he was armed and I just had observed many patrons inside openly carrying a weapon. I asked the Brinks guard how he felt about so many people openly carrying a weapon and his response was, "To be honest it makes me feel a lot safer because I know who has a gun and who might help me if I am in trouble."
Then as I was getting ready to leave the store I noticed a police officer outside preparing to enter the donut shop, and I asked him the same question and he said "I love it. I know who has a gun and it makes me feel safer and the public feels better about having honest citizens carrying a gun under their shirt or openly. Besides that, the bad guys don't like it and stay away."
Crime in that area is 2 percent per capita and open carry has caused zero problems in New Mexico.
I do agree that when a citizen decides to buy a gun and get a concealed permit or open carry, at a minimum that person should have to attend a rigorous qualifying training course. We have too many people buy a gun and never really train with it; they do not know how to break it down and clean it, or operate it properly and will get himself or herself killed for lack of training and knowledge.