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Albuquerque Man Sentenced for Federal Firearm Offenses – Armed Robbery Of An FFL


ALBUQUERQUE – Albuquerque man sentenced to 66 months in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges arising from the armed robbery of a Federal Firearms Licensee in Albuquerque in 2022.

There is no parole in the federal system.

According to court documents, on April 29, 2022, special agents from the ATF were notified of an armed robbery that occurred the previous day at the Big 5 Sporting Goods Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) located at 2720 San Mateo Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

According to employees, Dawayne Yates, 53, entered the store and requested to inspect a rifle. After confirming his identity, an employee handed Yates a Ruger Mini-14 rifle. Yates then pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the employee, and demanded another rifle. Fearing for her life, the employee gave Yates an Dickinson, model XX3D-M-2, 12-gauge shotgun.

Yates stole both firearms, placing them in a gun case he took from the store, and fled in a vehicle with no license plate.

Fingerprint evidence from the crime scene matched Yates. A victim identified him from a photo lineup. On May 2nd, Yates was arrested at a local motel, where police recovered:

  • A 9mm Taurus pistol matching the description of the gun used in the robbery
  • A .22 caliber Remington rifle
  • Ammunition
  • Body armor
  • Suspected fentanyl pills

The stolen firearms from Big 5 were not recovered. Yates has prior felony convictions prohibiting him from possessing firearms or ammunition.

After completing his term of imprisonment, Yates will be required to serve five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Brendan Iber, Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, made the announcement today.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated this case with assistance from the Albuquerque Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Patrick E. Cordova prosecuted the case.

Hobbs Man Sentenced for Federal Firearms Offense – Discharging Firearm

ALBUQUERQUE – A Hobbs man was sentenced to 71 months in prison for discharging a firearm in a neighborhood following a domestic dispute.

There is no parole in the federal system.

According to court documents, on August 23, 2022, Lazarus Sanders, 25, discharged a firearm towards the sky from a vehicle in a residential neighborhood in Hobbs, New Mexico. Officers spoke to the residents of the home where Sanders had discharged the handgun and determined that Sanders was in a relationship with the homeowner’s daughter and that they had been in a domestic altercation earlier that day. During the altercation, Sanders pointed a firearm at the homeowner’s daughter.

Officers reviewed home security surveillance footage from a nearby house and observed Sanders in a white four-door vehicle with front-end damage discharge approximately three rounds from a firearm outside a residence. Officers determined that another incident had occurred approximately 40 minutes before where Sanders had discharged one round of ammunition from the vehicle in front of the same house.

The officer provided a description of Sanders’ vehicle to other officers on patrol. A short time later, an officer in the area observed a vehicle that matched the description and conducted a felony traffic stop. The officer observed a firearm in plain view and secured the vehicle pending a search warrant.

Upon executing the search warrant, officers found a Taurus 9mm handgun under the driver’s seat with an extended magazine capable of accepting 17 rounds with an additional chambered round for a total of 18 rounds.

After completing his term of imprisonment, Sanders will be required to serve 3 years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Brendan Iber, Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, made the announcement today.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Force investigated this case with assistance from the Lea County Drug Task Force and the Hobbs Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ry Ellison is prosecuting the case.

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Manufacturing and Selling Machinegun Conversion Devices

ALBUQUERQUE – An Albuquerque man pleaded guilty in federal court to engaging in the business of dealing firearms without a license and possession of a machine gun conversion device.

According to court documents, in December 2022, the ATF identified an Instagram user as possibly being in possession of and selling illegal machine gun conversion devices, which modify firearms to make them fire fully automatic. The ATF identified the user as Joe Jasso, 20, by the distinctive tattoo on his hand.

In January 2023, the account was deleted.

A new Instagram account was identified by the ATF in January 2023, which appeared to belong to Jasso based on the same hand tattoos being visible on posts on the account.

On February 3, 2023, undercover detectives from the Albuquerque Police Department contacted Jasso through Instagram and set up a controlled purchase of machine gun conversion devices from Jasso and his mother, Rachael Jasso. During the transaction, Jasso explained to the undercover detective how to install the conversion device onto a firearm and confirmed that it would allow the firearm to shoot fully automatic. Jasso also offered to obtain an assault rifle auto sear to sell to the undercover officer.

On February 16, 2023, federal law enforcement agents and local law enforcement executed a search warrant at Jasso’s residence in Albuquerque. Inside the home, law enforcement located and seized:

  • Approximately ten firearms,
  • Five machine gun conversion devices,
  • A large amount of ammunition,
  • Numerous ammunition magazines (both loaded and unloaded), and
  • A 3D printer.

As part of his guilty plea, Jasso admitted he knew the conversion devices met the federal definition of a firearm and that he did not have a license to engage in the business of selling firearms.

The Court ordered that Jasso remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

At sentencing, Jasso faces up to 10 years in prison. Upon his release from prison, Jasso will be subject to up to three years of supervised release.

Jasso’s co-defendant, Rachel Jasso, is currently scheduled to stand trial on July 8, 2024.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Brendan Iber, Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, made the announcement today.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated this case with assistance from the Albuquerque Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel A. Hurtado is prosecuting the case.

Machine gun conversion devices and auto sears are illegal devices designed to modify a semi-automatic firearm so it is capable of fully automatic fire, that is, continuous firing with a single trigger pull. The possession, manufacture, and/or sale of machine gun conversion devices without proper licensing is a federal offense punishable by severe penalties, including up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $250,000. The use of machinegun conversion devices poses a significant public safety risk, as they transform semi-automatic firearms into dangerous machine guns capable of causing catastrophic harm.

7-Day Delay To Be Implemented 5/15/24! Be Ready!

The New Mexico Legislature passed, and anti-gun governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed into law, House Bill 129 during the 2024 30-day session. HB 129 mandates a 7-cal­endar day waiting period on firearms purchases, including for buyers who pass a NICS background check. Exceptions only apply to FFLs, holders of valid New Mexico con­cealed handgun licenses, law enforcement agencies, sales between two law enforce­ment officers authorized to carry a firearm and certified under federal law or the Law Enforcement Training Act, and transfers between immediate family members.


Sen. Joseph Cervantes (D-Las Cruces)
Sen. Katy Duhigg (D-ABQ)
Sen. Bobby Gonzales (D-Taos)
Sen. carrie Hamblen (D-Las Cruces)
Sen. Martin Hickey (D-ABQ)
Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-ABQ)
Sen. Leo Jaramillo (D-Espanola)
Sen. Linda Lopez (D-Corrales)
Sen. Moe Maestas (D-ABQ)
Sen. Brenda McKenna (D-Corrales)
Sen. Bill O’Neill (D-ABQ)
Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-ABQ)
Sen. Michael Padilla (D-ABQ)
Sen. Shannon Pinto (D-Tohatchi)
Sen. Harold Pope (D-ABQ)
Sen. Nancy Rodriguez (D-Santa Fe)
Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez (D-ABQ)
Sen. Bill Soules (D-Las Cruces)
Sen. Liz Stefanics (D-Cerrillos)
Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces)
Sen. Mimi Stewart (D-ABQ)
Sen. Bill Tallman (D-ABQ)
Sen. Peter Wirth (D-ABQ)
Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon (D-Milan)
Rep. Janelle Anyanonu (D-ABQ)
Rep. Cynthia Borrego (D-ABQ)
Rep. Micaela Cadena (D-Mesilla)
Rep. Kathleen Cates (D-Rio Rancho)
Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos)
Rep. Gail Chasey (D-ABQ)
Rep. Eleanor Chavez (D-ABQ)
Rep. Art De La Cruz (D-ABQ)
Rep. Meredith Dixon (D-ABO)-
Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces)
Rep. Natalie Figueroa (D-ABQ)
Rep. Doreen Gallegos (D-Las Cruces)
Rep. Miguel Garcia (D-ABQ)
Rep. Joy Garratt (D-ABQ)
Rep. Yanira Gurrola (D-ABQ)
Rep. Pamelya Herndon (D-ABQ)
Rep. Susan Herrera (D-Embudo)
Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-ABQ)
Rep. Raymundo Lara (D-Chamberino)
Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo)
Rep. Charlotte Little (D-ABQ)
Rep. Tara Lujan (D-Santa Fe)
Rep. Javier Martinez (D-ABQ)
Rep. Marian Matthews (D-ABQ)
Rep. Matthew McQueen (D-Santa Fe)
Rep. Kristina Ortez (D-Taos)
Rep. Cristina Parajon (D-ABQ)
Rep. Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe)
Rep. Andres Romero (D-ABQ)
Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-ABQ)
Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces)
Rep. Debra Sarinana (D-ABQ)
Rep. Linda Serrato (D-Santa Fe)
Rep. Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces) Rep.
Reena Szczepanski (D-Santa Fe)
Rep. Liz Thomson (D-ABQ)

New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show Opens Feb. 16

New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show

New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show

2024 New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show Opens Feb. 16

Feb. 16-18, 2024 • Manuel Lujan Building • Expo NM

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish invites you to attend the 2024 New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show. Admission to the show will be $3 for adults or free to youth age 17 and younger or anyone who holds a valid New Mexico hunting or fishing license.

The annual event opens to the public Friday, noon-6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

This year’s event features hands-on demonstrations of the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. Off-highway vehicles, recreational vehicles, boats and kayaks will be on display by local dealers. Conservation organizations, outfitters and guides will be on hand to answer questions. Youth participants will have an opportunity to learn or enhance skills at the free catch-and-release fishing pond.

All visitors can enjoy the pellet shooting range, sponsored by the Bernalillo 4-H, and the archery range.

The Department will host the first New Mexico 3D archery tournament during this year’s show for schools that participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). The tournament will take place Friday-Sunday in the Creative Arts building, across the street from the Manuel Lujan Building, and will feature more than 350 archers from 23 teams. The public is invited to watch the tournament before or after attending the Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show.

The tournament awards ceremony will take place following the final flights on Sunday afternoon. Scores will be posted at

This year’s show also include a turkey calling challenge and an elk calling challenge. The turkey calling challenge is sponsored by the New Mexico Wildlife Foundation and features youth, ladies, slate and open categories. The contest will take place Saturday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. To enter, please call Robin Quintana at 505-490-2649 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday or email

The elk calling challenge, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – New Mexico Chapters, will take place Sunday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m., with pee wee (age 9 and under), youth 10-17, ladies and open categories. To enter, please call Christina Salazar at 505-365-3606 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday or email

The winners in each class will receive custom-made trophy buckles made by Thoreau-based Maynard Buckles.

Friends of the NRA – Albuquerque 2/10

Friends of the NRA

Friends of the NRA

Albuquerque South, New Mexico

Friends of NRA Event

Saturday, February 10th, 2024 at 4:30 PM

Embassy Suites Hotel

1000 Woodward Place NE Albuquerque, NM 87102

Join other champions of the Second Amendment for dinner, games, auctions, and fun with a chance to win exclusive NRA guns, gear, décor, and collectibles!

NM Department of Game and Fish Upcoming Events – February 2024

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Upcoming Events – Feb. 2024

Quail Camp

Are you interested in learning but don’t know where to start? Check out this upcoming quail hunt!

Participants will learn how to identify quail, practice clay target shooting, quail hunt and field dress quail. They will also learn about rules and regulations and receive a refresher on hunter safety. Camping will take place at the Bottomless Lakes State Park campground near Roswell and the hunt will take place on nearby public land.

Get more information here.

Registration opens on Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to register.

Merriams Turkey

Turkey season is right around the corner! Check out this session to learn all you need to know to get out this spring.

Spend a day with us to learn more about wild turkeys, their habits, and hunting them. Learn the following:

  • Wild turkey biology and history of their conservation
  • How to hunt wild turkeys, including shot placement
  • Essential turkey hunting and survival gear
  • Using onX
  • How to call wild turkeys
  • Licensing and hunting regulations

This workshop will allow you plenty of time to get your gear together, scout and practice calls before the general spring season opens on April 15!

Get more information here.

Registration opens on Jan. 29 at 9 a.m. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to register.


Did someone in your family get a new side-by-side, dirt bike, ATV or snowmobile for Christmas?

Or, maybe you have a snowmobile trip planned up north, and your teen is looking forward to riding too. Even if you are just waiting until the trails are clear and the weather is warmer, it is important to prepare to safely take to the trails.

Any person under 18 who wants to grab the throttle and go will need safety training before operating an OHV. Fortunately, New Mexico-approved OHV safety training is just a few clicks away.

Visit the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Online OHV Education web page and choose from among our online training partners for ATV, snowmobile or general OHV online training courses. Each course provider charges a small fee, approximately $35, to send the course completion card after the student passes the end-of-course test.

One safety permit is good for all the types of OHVs defined in New Mexico state law: ATV, dirt bike, side-by-side or snowmobile, though taking the course for the specific type of machine to be used is highly recommended.

The Department’s OHV training calendar will be updated soon with free hands-on all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and off-highway motorcycle (OHM) classes around the state, but if you need a New Mexico approved safety permit now, you can get it with an online class in the warmth and comfort of your home.

For more information, contact the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish OHV program office at (505) 222-4712 or send email to

The New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Show is coming up Feb. 16-18, 2024 at Expo New Mexico!

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Urge State Rep Kathleen Cates To Oppose Governor’s Extreme Gun Control Plans

NRA-ILA Frontlines

She needs to be told to oppose HB 114, 127, 129, 137 and the Gun Ban and Magazine Limit Bill.

Rep. Kathleen Cates


First Gun Control Bills will be heard on Tuesday 1/23

New Mexico Shooting Sports Association - NRA Sanctioned Organization

On Tuesday the 23rd, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee will be hearing two gun control bills. HB27, the red-flag law expansion which would allow police and “healthcare providers” to initiate a red-flag gun confiscation order against someone and allow police to obtain a search warrant under the civil order, will be heard first. Second, HB114, the bill that would force firearm retailers and manufacturers out of New Mexico by making it easy to sue them, will also be heard. Here is the link to the zoom meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 1:30pm in Room 317 of the roundhouse. Below is the contact information for members of the committee.

Representative Joanne J. Ferrary – (D) 505-986-4844

Representative Angelica Rubio – (D) 505-986-4210

Representative Stefani Lord – (R) 505-986-4453

Representative John Block – (R) 505-986-4453

Representative Andrea Romero – (D) 505-986-4243

Representative Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson – (D) 505-986-4425

The 2024-25 NM Big Game Draw Application is OPEN!!!

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

The 2024-2025 Big Game Draw application is open!

We are here to help you get ready!