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Did you guys catch the boogaloo in Virginia this week.  Look what happened out there.  We are going to have the same battle here.  They had 22,000 show up, how many are going to attend this event?

Red flag proposal violates due process

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At a press conference in Las Cruces, flanked by the bill’s sponsors, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham confirmed that the “Red Flag” or “Extreme-Risk Protection Order” bill which failed to pass in the 2019 legislative session will be back in the 2020 legislative session. While some minor changes have been made from the version of the bill presented in 2019, 2020’s Senate Bill 5 still suffers from the same fundamental flaw – it fails to protect our civil liberties.

At issue is the bill’s treatment of our constitutional right to due process as well as our right to keep and bear arms. An “extreme-risk protection order” would be issued through an ex parte process – the party subject to the order would first discover such an order had been pursued when the sheriff’s department is at the door seeking to take all firearms and ammunition present in the house into police custody. A hearing would then be set sometime in the next 15 days where the accused party would then be able to plead their case to a judge.

Is sending an unexpected police tactical team to the door of someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis really the best option? There is no requirement in the bill to connect the accused individual with mental health resources. Police would simply take the firearms and ammunition and leave. The police would only confiscate firearms; any other types of weapons, such as machetes or other knives, would be left in the possession of the accused party.

It is vitally important to point out that this order is a civil order, not a criminal one. Therefore, comparisons to holding someone in custody after a crime has been committed, but before charges have been filed, fall short. No crime has been committed or is alleged to have been committed – the accused party’s rights have been taken away on a suspicion that they might commit a crime (or harm themselves) in the future.

A single round of the common 9mm handgun ammunition is about 0.4 inches in diameter and about 1.1 inches long. Where could this be hidden in a house? Just about anywhere. When executing an order, police would have wide ranging authority to search anywhere in the residence of the accused party. Given that police officers themselves could seek an order against an individual, the bill would legalize invasive police searches without probable cause of a crime being committed.

Further, when the accused party receives a court date, he or she will not receive counsel without the financial wherewithal to afford a private attorney. In District of Columbia v. Heller, writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote: “the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess firearms.” The accused party’s constitutional right to own a firearm for the next year is on the line when he/she finally receives a hearing. By only permitting an attorney to those with the financial means, the bill would codify that your rights as a New Mexican are dependent on your financial resources.

Due process is a cornerstone of our legal system. To claim that “Extreme-Risk Protection Order” 2020 Senate Bill 5 meets the legal definition of due process is to dilute the meaning of due process. A dilution of this legal right impacts all New Mexicans, not just gun owners.

Man from Albuquerque Sentenced to More Than 20 Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking and Firearm Possession

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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney’s Office

District of New Mexico

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
John C. Anderson

, United States Attorney

Contact: Sean J. Sullivan

Man from Albuquerque Sentenced to More Than 20 Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking and Firearm Possession

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Waldo Nahle, 37, of Albuquerque, New Mexico was sentenced in federal court in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Jan. 10 to more than 20 years (250 months) in prison on three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, two counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Nahle previously pleaded guilty to these offenses on July 22, 2019. According to public court documents, Nahle participated in sales of methamphetamine to an undercover agent on three different occasions in July 2016. Nahle conspired with his supplier and another methamphetamine trafficker in obtaining the drugs provided to the undercover agent in these transactions.

Nahle also sold a pistol to the undercover agent and a confidential informant during the first transaction. Nahle was prohibited from possessing any firearms at the time of this offense based on prior felony convictions for armed robbery with a deadly weapon, battery of a peace officer, being a felon in possession of a firearm and shooting from a motor vehicle.

Following Nahle’s arrest for these offenses, he committed an additional offense of assaulting and impeding a federal employee. According to public court records, he assaulted a guard at the Sandoval County Detention Center on May 11, 2017. Nahle held the guard while another inmate kicked and punched the guard. Nahle pleaded guilty to this offense on Aug. 23, 2018. He is awaiting sentencing in this matter.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated the case with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly A. Brawley and Eva M. Fontanez prosecuted the case.

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Put him in solitary where he can’t harm another guard and throw away the key.  Let him rot his life away, worthless scumbag.

Americans Bought 13.9 Million Firearms in 2019

The number of NICS background checks conducted by the FBI in 2019 came in at 28,369,750, the highest mark since the agency began the program in 1998. After an adjustment for the volume of concealed-carry permit applications, renewals and other administrative use of the system, Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF) estimates the figure reflects total firearm sales of 13.9 million firearms last year.

“The industry ended the 2019 year with sales of about 100,000 more units than for the whole of 2018 (13.9 vs. 13.8 million units),” SAAF Chief Economist Jurgen Brauer explained in a press release this week. “While unit sales during 2020, being a U.S. presidential election year, may increase again (even absent politics, we estimate to about 14.4 million units), it is unlikely that the industry will return to its 2016 sales high of 16.6 million units.”

Increases in handgun sales are playing a critical role in the market’s improvement. “One trend that will continue, however, is of the U.S. as a ‘handgun nation,’” Brauer said. “Since 2014, annual handgun unit sales have handily outpaced annual long-gun unit sales in 2019 by nearly 2.3 million units.”

NICS background checks conducted in December 2019 claimed second place honors in the all-time-record list for the period, although the total fell nearly 400,000 short of the record set in 2015. SAAF estimates that in December firearm sales reflected by the FBI figures totaled roughly 1,671,775. Of those 859,850 were single handgun sales, with another 689,444 reflecting the purchase of a long arm (rifle or shotgun). Other related firearm purchases came in at 122,481, a figure that includes enthusiasts who bought multiple guns at the same time, which requires only one background check.

Since the NICS program began, the FBI has conducted more than 333 million background checks.

Secret Service Study On School Violence Says Mass Attacks Preventable

A study conducted by the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center of 41 separate school attacks released on Thursday found a common pattern among the killers; they were bullied, got in trouble at school, and were never reported to authorities, no matter how bothered others might have been by their behavior.

Here is a link to the study

Interesting reading and it doesn’t just apply to schools.

Game Commission to meet January 17 in Las Cruces

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Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027
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SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Game Commission will meet Friday, Jan. 17, in Las Cruces.

The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road.

Agenda items include:

  • Rule Making Hearing on the Final Fair Chase Rule
  • Rule Making Hearing on the Final Trapping and Furbearers Rule
  • Rule Making Hearing on the Final Licenses/Permits Rule
  • Workshop on the Departments E-PLUS program

The full agenda and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website.

The New Mexico State Game Commission meeting will be available to view via a live webcast on the Department’s website. The webcast can be accessed by clicking here. Webcast participants can listen to the meeting using a desktop computer or mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Comments will only be allowed at the Commission Chair’s discretion and commenting is only available in person. A recording will be available after the meeting at the above link.

The State Game Commission is composed of seven members who represent the state’s diverse interests in wildlife-associated recreation and conservation. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state senate. Current members are Roberta Salazar-Henry, Jimmy Bates, Gail Cramer, Tirzio Lopez, David Soules and Jeremy Vesbach.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact Tristanna Bickford, (505) 476-8027. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms.

Kalifornia Passes Another Stupid Gun Law

Starting July 1, 2021, California residents will be prohibited from buying more than one semiautomatic rifle per month.  And, starting Jan. 1, 2020, California residents under the age of 21 will be banned from purchasing a semiautomatic rifle.

Both measures are part of Senate Bill 61, which was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom back in October as part of a larger legislative effort to restrict 2A rights in the Golden State.

“Gun violence is an epidemic in this country, one that’s been enflamed by the inaction of politicians in Washington,” said Gov. Newsom in a statement. “While Washington has refused to act on even the most basic gun safety reforms, California is once again leading the nation in passing meaningful gun safety reforms.”

Prior to the passage of SB 61, residents under 21 could purchase a rifle if they had a valid hunting license.  But state Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), the sponsor of SB61, believed it was time to put a stop to that following a shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Poway, CA, on April 27, 2019.

“These particular violent weapons are not needed for hunting and have become increasingly the gun of choice for mass shootings,” Portantino told SacBee. “We felt very strongly that the hunter’s exemption needed to be removed for this weapon.”

The 19-year-old killer, who did not have a valid hunting license, still managed to purchase a firearm from a San Diego gun store. Portantino believes that although a myriad of existing laws failed to prevent the attack, one more might do the trick next time around.

“Though that shooter did not have a valid hunting license at the time of his gun purchase, that horrible situation highlighted the need for immediate action,” Portantino explained.

Gun-rights advocates disagree. Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, told GunsAmerica in an email that this new law is “stupid.”

“Another stupid anti-gun law. How many criminals use more than one semi-auto rifle when they commit a crime? Like zero,” said Gottlieb.

“This is just to demonize firearms and attack constitutional rights and will have no impact on keeping anyone safe,” he added.

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New Mexico is next guys…..Kalifornia leads the way in stomping on your rights, NM right behind.  Election by election, the voters keep voting in idiots.  Did you vote for Grisham?

You’re Invited | Legislative Strategy Session in Roswell

NMSSA and NRA-ILA are hosting a Legislative Strategy Session

With pro-gun legislators and the leadership for both NMSSA and NRA-ILA, we will be discussing the upcoming 2020 legislative session. This is your opportunity to help shape the strategy heading into another difficult session and support the local cause to protect our Second Amendment rights.

Date And Time
Wed, January 8, 2020

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM MST

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Toronto Victims Sue Smith & Wesson for $150 Million

Recently the court that allowed Bushmaster (Remington) to be sued seems to have opened the floodgates.  Once again, it is the weapon’s fault, not the shooter.

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Victims of a 2018 shooting in Toronto, Ontario, are suing Smith and Wesson, the company that manufactured the shooter’s gun. Their claim is that S&W didn’t incorporate smart technology that could have prevented the shooting.

Background

On July 22, 2018, a shooter opened fire on a restaurant and killed a 10-year old girl and an 18-year old woman. Thirteen others were also injured in the attack. The Guardian reports that the man’s handgun had been stolen from a gun dealer in Saskatchewan, two provinces and at least 1,500 miles away. There were at least 24 handguns stolen that day, according to Global News.

Shooter Was Mentally Ill

Global News reports in an anonymous interview with a former teacher that the shooter aspired to kill someone.

“Ten years ago when he was in my class, and I asked him what does he want to do he said to me, ‘Oh I want to kill someone’ and I said, ‘Are you kidding me? Why? What did they do to you?’ he said, ‘Oh nothing, I just feel it would be really cool to kill somebody. [sic]’”

The police had investigated him 3 times in the past regarding his mental health. His own family released a statement saying he had been ill for a long time.

“We are utterly devastated by the incomprehensible news that our son was responsible for the senseless violence and loss of life that took place on the Danforth,” the family said. “While we did our best to seek help for him throughout his life of struggle and pain, we could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end.” He killed himself during a shootout with the police.

Brother Was A Drug Trafficker With Guns

The shooter’s older brother has been arrested for drug trafficking, according to Global News. He was arrested in Saskatchewan, the same province where the handgun was reportedly stolen. At the time of the shooting, the older brother was in a coma following a drug overdose in Toronto. When paramedics responded to save him, they alerted the police about a suspicious substance in the house.

The police found 42 kilograms (92 pounds) of the extremely potent carfentanil. They also found 33 guns and charged his roommate with 337 firearm-related offenses.

It was easy for the shooter to acquire a firearm to commit the shooting.

But It’s S&W’s Fault

Despite the shooter’s mental illness and easy access to firearms, the class action suit against Smith & Wesson claims it’s the manufacturer’s fault for not making their firearms safer. They say the problem is that S&W didn’t incorporate smart-gun technology that would keep the shooter from firing the stolen pistol.

In a video interview, the plaintiffs argue that firearms without smart-gun tech are like cars from the ’70s that lack seat belts and safety glass. They believe that their lawsuit will ultimately force gun companies to embrace smart-gun technology.

But it’s more like forcing all automobiles to be equipped with interlock devices that prevent users from driving while under the influence. Unfortunately though, whether its interlock devices or personalized firearms, the tech isn’t foolproof.

There are numerous workarounds that allow those with criminal intent to circumvent the block. For example, a drunk could have a sober buddy blow into his car’s breathalyzer to get it started. And, one can easily hack a smart gun with a magnet, as GunsAmerica previously reported.

Point is, crime is a people problem– not a product problem. The perp who killed those patrons at a restaurant in Toronto is responsible for the act, not the gun nor its manufacturer.