Updated: Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010, 1:24 PM MDT
Published : Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010, 3:13 PM MST
SANTA FE (AP) - People licensed for concealed handguns can take their weapons into restaurants serving beer and wine under a new state law.
Gov. Bill Richardson signed the measure on Wednesday. It takes effect in July.
Even with the change, it will remain illegal to take a concealed weapons into a bar or a restaurant with a full liquor license.
Richardson ordered the Department of Public Safety to change its licensing regulations for concealed handguns to prohibit people from drinking alcohol while carrying their concealed weapon. The governor wants the Legislature to make that part of state law.
Also signed into law were measures to try to improve the academic performance of Hispanic students and to cancel capital improvement projects to help replenish the state's reserves.