SENATE BILL 224
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2019
William E. Sharer
RELATING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT; PROVIDING FOR CONCEALED HANDGUN CARRY PRIVILEGES FOR RESERVE POLICE OFFICERS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 29-19-14 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 2005, Chapter 242, Section 7, as amended) is amended to read:
"29-19-14. CURRENT AND RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS [AND]--NEW MEXICO MOUNTED PATROL MEMBERS--RESERVE POLICE OFFICERS.--
A. An application fee, a renewal fee and a firearms training course are not required for an applicant or licensee who is:
(1) a current or retired certified law enforcement officer pursuant to the Law Enforcement Training Act; [or]
(2) a current member of the New Mexico mounted patrol who has successfully completed a New Mexico law enforcement academy basic law enforcement training program for New Mexico mounted patrol members pursuant to Section 29-6-4.1 NMSA 1978; or
(3) a current reserve police officer.
B. A law enforcement officer [or], New Mexico mounted patrol member or reserve police officer shall submit to the department two full sets of fingerprints and a color photograph of the law enforcement officer [or], New Mexico mounted patrol member or reserve police officer. The department shall conduct an appropriate check of available records and shall forward the fingerprints to the federal bureau of investigation for a national criminal background check.
C. A retired law enforcement officer is not required to submit an application fee or a renewal fee if:
(1) the officer was a certified law enforcement officer pursuant to the Law Enforcement Training Act for at least fifteen years prior to retirement; and
(2) the retirement is in good standing as shown by a letter from the agency from which the officer retired.
D. A retired law enforcement officer who has been retired ten years or less is not required to complete a firearms training course.
E. A retired law enforcement officer who has been retired for more than ten years shall be required to complete a firearms training course. The officer shall be allowed to attend any local law enforcement agency's firearms qualification course; provided that the officer supplies the officer's own ammunition, handgun, targets and range equipment. A local law enforcement agency shall not be liable under the Tort Claims Act for providing a firearms training course to a retired law enforcement officer pursuant to this subsection.
F. A retired law enforcement officer's concealed handgun license shall have printed on the license "retired police officer" and shall be valid for a period of five years.
G. As used in this section, "reserve police officer" means a volunteer or a temporary or part-time employee of a state or local law enforcement agency who is accepted by that agency as a reserve law enforcement officer after receiving a background check and training as needed by that agency and who is not a member of the New Mexico mounted patrol."
SECTION 2. EFFECTIVE DATE.--The effective date of the provisions of this act is July 1, 2019.
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