Lawmaker proposes concealed handguns in schools

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Guns have long been taboo in schools, but a state legislator wants to change that in New Mexico.

A measure by Republican Rep. Zach Cook of Ruidoso would allow people licensed to carry a concealed handgun to take their weapons into schools, on college campuses, bars, state parks and buses.

Cook says he's offering the proposal because of constituent complaints, including people who say it's a burden to leave their weapons in their vehicles while they escort their children into a school.

But the bill faces hurdles in the Legislature.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who has a concealed handgun permit, opposes people carrying concealed weapons in schools and bars. A spokesman for Martinez says the governor supports the expansion of concealed carry to state parks, however.