- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A measure that would prohibit visitors to the New Mexico state capitol from openly carrying firearms inside the building has been endorsed by a panel of House lawmakers.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 8-5 Wednesday to recommend approval of the initiative limiting firearms in the capitol to law enforcement and concealed-weapon license holders.

The measure still needs to be considered by the full House, and the Senate would have to sign off on any changes before the Legislature adjourns Saturday.

New Mexico currently allows both open carry and concealed weapons in the state capitol, including on the floors of the Senate and House.

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