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FBI’s NICS Firearm Background Checks in 2019 Hit 2-Million Mark for 6 Straight Months

FBI’s NICS Firearm Background Checks in 2019 Hit 2-Million Mark for 6 Straight Months

Record numbers of Americans are seeking to purchase firearms in transactions using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), launched by the FBI in 1998.

NICS is used by Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms. Before ringing up the sale, cashiers call in a check to the FBI or to other designated agencies to ensure that each customer does not have a criminal record or isn’t otherwise ineligible to make a purchase. According to the FBI, over 230 million such checks have been made, leading to more than 1.3 million denials.

Thus far, 2019 is the first year in which NICS firearm background checks have surpassed 2 million every month from January through June, since the NICS database was created.

According to news reports: “The number of background checks in the NICS system has been generally increasing for the life of the system. There are many reasons for this. The general population has been increasing. The number of guns being sold per capita has increased, especially when there have been political threats of gun bans and increased restrictions on gun buying and gun ownership.”

ATF FFL Alert — FFL Burglary – Sandoval County – New Mexico

This is an important message from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A Federal firearms licensee in Sandoval County, New Mexico has experienced a burglary that resulted in the theft of firearms. Please ensure the security of both your inventory and property and report all suspicious persons or activity to your local police department. Additionally, notify ATF at 888-930-9275 if you find any of your firearms missing, lost or stolen.

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This means that there will be guns working there way to gang members or they will surface for resale.  Either way, watch out for anything suspicious.

Walmart to Stop Selling Guns in New Mexico Because of Background Check Law

Starting on July 22, 2019, Walmart will no longer sell firearms in New Mexico.

A spokesperson for the retail giant told local media that the decision was in response to the July 1st rollout of the state’s new universal background check law.

“Unlike a specialty sporting goods retailer where customers expect to see firearms of various types being handled, Walmart customers do not generally expect to see individuals walking through the store potentially carrying multiple firearms, which can lead to confusion and potentially putting both our customers and associates at risk,” Walmart spokeswoman Tiffany Wilson told KOAT.

Signed into law back in March by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) the “Firearm Sale Background Check” legislation requires background checks for private, person-to-person gun sales and transfers.

While there are certain exemptions in the law for antique firearms and sales between family members, the majority of transfers, including those made over the Internet and at gun shows, must be done via a federal firearms licensee who is responsible for processing the background check on the prospective purchaser (or transferee).

Anyone caught violating the law can be charged with a misdemeanor offense, which carries a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Unless you visit an FFL and pay them to process the background check (It’s not a free service), the act of simply selling or loaning a gun to a hunting buddy or range pal is now a criminal offense!

The law also forces any business with an FFL to conduct background checks for private parties.  In other words, Walmart couldn’t just continue to sell its inventory of firearms to its customers.  It had to get into the business of transferring guns between private buyers and sellers if it wanted to sell guns in the state.

Clearly, Walmart felt it was better to stop selling guns altogether.  Time will tell if other major retailers follow suit.

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Haven’t had anyone come by to do a private transfer.  Is this a situation where the State is now making otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals?

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Regional Conventional Smallbore Rifle Prone Championships, July 4-7, 2019

   

Sponsored by the SOCORRO GUN CLUB.   Range located at the NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM 3.5 hours north of Albuquerque or 2.5 hours south of Colorado Springs.

 

We have a club house where targets will be displayed due to generous donations from many shooters. 

 

NRA registered regional match open to all utilizing current NRA prone rules.  Entry fee:  $175.00 adults; $120.00 juniors and collegiate (includes $15 per day range fee and $9 NRA fee) for entire four days. Two Day package will be $100 for adults and $70 for juniors.  Firing begins daily at 9:00, unless there are two relays.  If two relays we will start at 08:00 (38 firing points). Juniors and collegiate shooters wishing to be eligible for regular match awards may do so by paying the full entry fee. Each competitor will receive a tee shirt.

 

The daily course of fire will be in the following order:  IRON SIGHTS (July 4, 6): Match 1: Dewar course (20 shots, 50 yds, target A23; 20 shots 100 yds, target A-25); Match 2: 100 yds, 40 shots, target A-25); Match 3: 50 meters, 40 shots, target A-26); 1200 aggregate Match 4.  ANY SIGHTS (July 5, 7): Match 5: Dewar course (20 shots, 50 yds, target A23; 20 shots 100 yds, target A-25); Match 6: 100 yds, 40 shots, target A-25); Match 7: 50 meters, 40 shots, target A-26), 1200 aggregate Match 8. Iron sight aggregate (2400) Match 9. Any sight aggregate (2400) Match 10. Grand aggregate Match 11 (4800).

 

Anyone of any age, may elect to shoot scope all 4 days.  Scope Class will have its own award pool. Competitors who choose Scope Class only will not be eligible for the Regional Championship.

 

F-CLASS SHOOTERS:  Current NRA F-Class rules will apply in regards to equipment. There will be no classes, categories or division of rifle. F-Class shooters will use NRA metric targets (A-51 (reduced for 50 yards), A-50 (50 Meters) and A-33 (100 yards).  F-Class will have its own award pool. F-Class Smallbore is now recognized by the NRA. Competitors who choose F-Class only will not be eligible for the Regional Championship.

 

NRA classification will be used (rule 19.15).  Less than 3 competitors in a class will be moved to the next higher class. A High Master class will be used which consists of all supported shooters, distinguished prone rifle shooters, or any shooter who has fired five or more 1200s or 1600s.  Please indicate if Hi Master when entering.

 

CHALLENGES: Rule 16.1 It cost $2.00 to challenge your score, or another competitor’s score. The challenge period for the last match of the day will end at 9am on the following day (Thur, Fri, Sat) and 8am on Sunday.  Challenges on Saturday will end 30 minutes after the final scores are posted.

 

Awards: Cash or merchandise prizes in individual matches.  Regional medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  The below listed vendors have provided merchandise, which will be awarded as door prizes daily and to the winners in all aggregates. There will be a prize table for the 4800 aggregate on Saturday afternoon after the match in the cafeteria. Winners must be present to win. Shooters will be allowed to pick their prize from the table in the following order: Grand Aggregate Winner, Second, and Third followed by 1st Hi Master, 1st Master, 1st Expert, 1st SS, 1st Marksman, 1st Open Scope and 1st F Class.  (Must have at least three entries in a class for an award, or they will be combined with the next higher class), followed by 2nd Hi Master, 2nd Master, etc. Please support our sponsors and thank them for supporting our match.

 

PRIZE SPONSORS

 

 

BOYT HARNESS CO.

BURRIS OPTICS

CHAMPIONS CHOICE

ELEY AMMO

HODGDON POWDER

LILJA BARRELS

McMILLAN STOCK

PESTILLI & ASSO.

RUGER FIREARMS

SMITH and WESSON

SUPERIOR SHOOTING SYSTEMS

UPTAGRAFFT, LLC

ZANDERS SPORT GOODS

OBERLE ENTERPRISES

BEE SAFE

BROWNELLS

DAC TECHNOLOGIES

GOOD SHOOTING INC.

MASTER CLASS STOCKS

MOSSY OAK

OUTDOOR CONNECTION

VIRGINIA McLEMORE

SHILEN INC.

SPORTS WITH NO RULES

TREVOR STOCKS

WALTHER USA

ALLEN THOMAS

PITTS PRECISION RIFLES

LAPUA AMMUNITION

BIRCHWOOD CASEY

BRUNO SHOOTERS SUPPLY

CREEDMOOR SPORTS

DILLON PRECISION

HART BARRELS

LEUPOLD SCOPES

McKINNEY SLINGS

PELICAN GUN CASES

SHOOTERS CHOICE

STALLINGS MACH. SHOP

WOLF RANGE BAGS

NANCY TOMPKINS

REYA KEMPLEY

TOM BUBOLZ

 

 

General information:  There will be food available at the cafeteria but not at the range.  Port-A-Pot restrooms are available.  For information and entries contact Virginia McLemore, phone 575-835-5521 or email virginia.mclemore@nmt.edu

 

You must confirm entry at least one week out with your NRA number and classification. Advance entry fees are not required. Entries can be sent to Virginia McLemore, 1219 Hilton Pl, Socorro, NM 87801. Walk-on entries may be accepted up to the capacity of the range, provided they do not require an additional relay.

 

Camping and competitor housing are available–call 575-445-3615 at the Whittington Center. The range will be open for training on July 4 for a $20 range fee, unless you are a member of the Whittington Center club.  The award ceremony will be in the Cafeteria at approximately 2:00 pm on Sunday and lunch will be available for about $10.

 

Motel rooms in north Raton are available with very reasonable rates ($60 range) and work with match sponsors at the Whittington Center.   Contact the Raton Pass at 575 445 3641 or the Budget Host at 575 445 3655 and mention the match or my name.  YOU SHOULD MAKE HOTEL RESERVTIONS Early because rooms will be limited.  You can cancel later if need be.

 

We will have a barbeque TBD.  Bring utensils, meat to barbeque, drinks, and something to share for desert or main course.   Charcoal and plates will be provided.

 

THERE WILL BE NO TEAM MATCHES!!

 

 

ENTRY TO THE 2019 FIRECRACKER CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Name__________________________________________________    NRA#______________________

(NRA Membership NOT required, except for setting a National Record)

 

Address_______________________________________________________________________

 

City__________________________   State_______________________   Zip______________________

 

Phone#_____________________________    Date of Birth_____________________________________

 

E-mail Address – PLEASE PRINT legibly! ___________________________________________________

 

Class (Circle one):  *Open/High Master      Master         Expert        Sharpshooter       Marksman   

 

**F-class    **Scope Only (All 4 Days –  Please circle classification).

 

*High Master are Distinguished or a shooter that has fired five or more 1600 or 1200 scores.

 

Category (Circle all that apply):      Woman            Junior      Intermediate Junior      Sub-Junior

Senior     Grand Senior     Collegiate             Service

 

FEES:  (Please circle all that apply)

Adult Four Day Package & Juniors (*Monetary awards) …………….…………………………$175.00

Adult Two Day Package & Juniors * –   Thur., Fri., Sat., Sun   (Circle two days) ……………    $100.00

Junior and Collegiate Total Package (No monetary awards) …………………………………    $120.00

Junior & Collegiate Two-Day Package – Thur., Fri., Sat., Sun.  (Circle two days) ……………  $ 70.00

 

Total Amount………………………………………………………………………………………$ _______

 

T-Shirt (Men’s) Size – circle one:   Small     Medium     Large     X-Large     XX-Large     XXX-Large

 

Make check payable to Socorro Junior 4H Gun Club.  Print this completed form and mail to:

Virginia McLemore, 1219 Hilton Pl, Socorro, NM 87801

 

 

Encouragement elk hunting licenses go on sale July 10

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866

Encouragement elk hunting licenses go on sale July 10

SANTA FE – New Mexico resident youth and senior hunters who applied and were unsuccessful in the 2019-2020 big game draw are eligible for nearly 1,900 antlerless elk licenses. The licenses will go on sale through the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Online License System at 10 a.m. MDT July 10.

The sale is designed to encourage unsuccessful applicants and includes almost 1,500 licenses for any legal sporting arm and 390 licenses for muzzleloader, crossbow or bow.

Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis. To purchase a license, customers will need to log in to their Online License System account at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

Eligibility requirements:

  • For the first 14 days, the sale is open only to resident youth who have applied in the current license year for one or more draw hunts for deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, Barbary sheep, Oryx or Ibex and were not successful for any hunt. Please note that the purchase of a leftover draw hunt counts as a successful application.
    • Must have a valid Hunter Education certification.
    • Must be 17 years of age or younger on the opening day of hunt.
  • Beginning at 10 a.m. MDT, July 24, the sale will open to all resident seniors, ages 65 years of age or older, who applied in the current license year for one or more draw hunts for deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, Barbary sheep, Oryx or Ibex and were not successful for any hunt.
  • Nonresidents and applicants who were successful for another species are not eligible for these hunts.

Hunters must have a current Game Hunting or Game Hunting and Fishing license with a Habitat Management and Access Validation prior to purchasing an elk license. Customers without a Game Hunting license and Habitat Management and Access Validation will be directed to purchase one before continuing to the encouragement sale.

All purchases will be audited to verify the customer’s eligibility.

Hunters planning to purchase an encouragement license must have completed all mandatory 2018-2019 harvest reporting requirements or their purchase will be rejected in the post-sale audit. The license fee, but not the application fee, will be refunded on rejected purchases.

Following successful purchase of an encouragement license, the license/tag will be mailed to the hunter. Complete information about the new tagging requirements is available on the department website and in the Hunting Rules and Information booklet

For more information about the encouragement elk sale, hunting in New Mexico, or for help logging in, please call customer service at (888) 248-6866. Encouragement licenses will not be sold over the phone. For the list of available hunts please see the 2019-2020 Hunting Rules and Information booklet available online.

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Special Hunter Education Camp at Camp Tres Ritos near Mora

Skills Camp 2018

Receive hands-on training

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youth can receive hands-on training and earn their hunter education certification.

The camp is open to youth ages 10 to 17 who are accompanied by a registered adult. It will be conducted the weekend of June 7-9, at the Boy Scout’s Camp Tres Ritos near Mora. Meals are free and participants will tent-camp on the property. Registration for this opportunity opens May 6. Those interested in attending must complete and return the registration form available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ to be eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Participants will learn safe and responsible firearms handling, ethical hunting behaviors, conservation, wildlife identification and basic survival skills. Participants will learn from department conservation officers about their jobs including wildlife investigations, decoy operations, working with wildlife and test their marksmanship skills with bow and arrows. All equipment will be provided.

To qualify for the camp, participants must have a Customer Identification Number account with the department and complete the required homework before attending. For more information please contact the Department’s Hunter Education Office at 505-222-4731 or click here for the registration packet.

Thank you,

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(888) 248-6866 (toll free)

2018 NRA New Mexico Champions

 

 

Conventional Prone Smallbore Rifle

Virginia McLemore 3197-228X

Outdoor Metric Prone

Virginia McLemore 2316-79X

Precision Air Rifle Standing

Michael Dietz 574

High Power Rifle

Ron Zerr 785-23X

High Power Rifle – Mid Range

Bill Elliott (F-Class) 1180-38X

Air Pistol

Haley Dietz 458

 

Congratulations to all of the State Champions!

BTW, there were MANY categories in which there wasn’t a New Mexico Champion.  Either no championship was held in the State, no one qualified or ??  Lets try and bring more ribbons to New Mexico.  If you compete in any of these categories, please work with your clubs and organizations to hold a championship so New Mexico can be recognized.  As an aside, for many of the categories, only a few states were listed which means there are many other states holding less championships.  Here is the list of categories and the number of states that did have a champion:

OUTDOOR CONVENTIONAL POSITION – 7

INDOOR CONVENTIONAL POSITION – 5

OUTDOOR METRIC POSITION – 5

INDOOR METRIC POSITION – 8

Air Rifle 3-Position Precision – 2

Air Rifle 3-Position Sporter – 1

BB Gun – 5

High Power Rifle – Long Range – 9

Fullbore – 1

Black Powder Target Rifle – 2

Outdoor Precision Pistol – 19

Indoor Precision Pistol – 9

Action Pistol – 1

International Pistol – 2

Silhouette High Power Rifle/Hunting Rifle – 2

Silhouette Smallbore Rifle/Smallbore Hunting Rifle – 6

Silhouette Black Powder Cartridge Rifle  (Iron and Scope) – 2

Silhouette Hunter’s Pistol – 2

Silhouette Hunter’s Pistol Metallic – 2

Silhouette Smallbore Hunter’s Pistol – 2

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Silhouette Smallbore Lever Action Rifle – 5

Silhouette Lever Action – 3

Silhouette Pistol Cartridge Lever Action – 4

Silhouette Smallbore Cowboy Rifle – 3

Seems NM doesn’t compete in silhouette at all as we had no champions in the 11 categories.  I know they shoot silhouette at Zia but they don’t have a sanctioned competition?

For full results, see the results here

 

 

Valencia Gun Show

H2 Academic Solutions Scholarship Fund is hosting a Gun Show on April 28th from 9 am – 5 pm at 19513 NM-314, Belen, NM 87002.

The Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to youth, pre-k through 12th, in need of tutoring.

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM

EXPO NEW MEXICO

APR 13TH – APR 14TH, 2019

UPCOMING SHOWS
AUG 17TH – AUG 18TH, 2019
DEC 14TH – DEC 15TH, 2019
300 San Pedro NE
Lujan Bldgs A & B
Albuquerque NM 87108
 

Open to the Public

Sat 9am-5pmSun 9am-4pm

$7 adults, under 12 FREE
$1 off NRA w/ID
$3 off Military w/ID
Only 1 discount/special may be used at a time