Gun Storage, Crime Bills, Windy Day, Plastic Bag Repeal, Leave A Legacy
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 Lawmakers to introduce gun storage law, holding parents accountable Lawmakers could vote on tougher laws that would hold gun owners accountable if their gun is used by their child to kill someone. This newly introduced bill comes after the tragic Washington Middle School shooting that left Bennie Hargrove dead after trying to arrest a bully. The bill requires parents to secure their guns so that children do not have access to them and if they do, the parents will be charged. The bill would make it a misdemeanor and add a $1,000 fine if a child gets their hands on the gun. If a child kills someone, the adult will face a 4th degree felony.
 Roundhouse Roundup: 2022 legislative session begins There are a few hours left before the start of the 2022 legislative session. The most important topic is tackling crime, especially in Albuquerque, which has recorded six homicides this year. There are currently eight crime-focused bills, one anti-crime bill would make shooting threats illegal. The second bill would let judges assume defendants are dangerous when deciding whether to lock them up until trial, unless the suspect can prove otherwise. The third bill would make life in prison mandatory for three perpetrators of violent crimes, most new crime bills have been proposed by Republicans. Governor Michelle Lujuan Grisham has repeatedly said that “crime will not be tolerated and hope lawmakers can come up with an answer.”
 Rain showers, snow and wind are coming This morning is warmer and drier. The next storm will move into New Mexico today bringing gusty winds, warmer temperatures and the possibility of light rain and flurries. The wind will be gustiest in the eastern NM, where wind advisories will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and westerly wind gusts will reach 40 to 55 mph. Temperatures will climb with the help of descending warming, peaking in the 60s and 70s.
 Albuquerque councilman wants to repeal plastic bag ban Albuquerque’s plastic bag ban may soon be gone for good. The Clean and Green Retail Ordinance began in early 2020 but was put on hold due to the pandemic. It was reinstated in the summer of 2021 with cost alternatives like paper bags or reusable bags. Councilman Brook Bassan fears they are spreading germs and global supply chain problems. Councilman Pat Davis co-sponsored the bill and said the idea needed more discussion.
 Longtime UNM professor honored on latest Mars card A UNM professor was honored for the last map of Mars. The massive crater on Mars is now named after longtime head of UNM’s geology department, Wolfgang Elston. Elston worked with UNM researchers to help identify and map locations on Mars for the Curiosity Rover to land in 2012. UNM scientists are working on several Mars missions and collaborating with the History Museum Natural Resources, Los Alamos National Laboratory and NASA. . Elston passed away in 2016 but his legacy will live on forever.