Clovis deadly shooting galvanized ‘terroristic threats’ bill

New Mexico

A state representative wants to change state law and make it a crime to make terroristic threats. The bill was inspired after one of New Mexico’s recent mass shootings.

It was a heinous crime that rattled New Mexico. In August 2017, Nathaniel Jouett, who was 16 at the time, open fired at the Clovis Carver Public Library. The shooting killed librarians Wanda Walters and Kristina Carter and wounded four others, including a 10-year-old boy.

The teen pleaded guilty to all 30 charges, including capital murder.

One state lawmaker said that deadly Clovis shooting inspired him to create a bill that could curb mass shootings in the state.

“They (the 9th Judicial Office) were saying that after the shooting in the library here in Clovis, they were having a significant number in threats made over the internet, Facebook through school systems,” said Republican Rep. Randal Crowder of Clovis.

It’s a law that would make it a felony crime to make terroristic threats.

“There really is no significant consequence for that,” said Rep. Crowder. “It’s causing schools to shut down, it’s causing police forces to activate, it’s causing public works companies a lot of time and money to deal with that.”

As the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Crowder said this bill is near to his heart because he hopes no other communities in the state have to go through the same shock and heartbreak.

“It’s good for everybody,” said Rep. Crowder. “It’s good for schools, it’s good for the government, it’s good for the citizens of a community to know that there is a consequence for this type of behavior.”

The new law would make it a fourth-degree felony crime to make terroristic threats, including making threats online. This means facing up to a year and a half in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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