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Help Us Fight Restrictive Firearm Bills Today (and Thursday)!

During her opening speech, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham called legislators to pass several gun control proposals that have been filed in the New Mexico Legislature. Some of proposals include a “universal background check,” a bill that would requires federal firearm licensed dealers to pay a $200 fee annually to establish a system for the Department of Public Safety to run stolen firearm checks on any used firearm FFL purchases, a bill that would require criminal record checks on private firearm sales at gun shows, an extreme protection order bill, and a mandatory storage bill.

Governor Lujan Grisham supports these proposals, stating that “hunters, sportsmen and responsible gun owners also recognize the need for New Mexico to take steps toward smart, effective gun violence prevention.” This implies that the pro-gun community supports these restrictive measures. We encourage you to contact Governor Lujan Grisham and tell her that you strongly oppose these initiatives.

We also encourage you to attend these hearings, which are scheduled for Thursday, January 24 at 1:30pm in Room 317 of the State Capitol. We will notify you if there are any changes in the schedules, as soon as possible.

When
Thursday, January 24 at 1:30 PM

Where
State Capitol – Room 317
490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501

If you would like more information about these bills, or to find out how you can become involved in our activism efforts in New Mexico, contact me at amanda@nrailafrontlines.com or call (703) 943-6566.

Yours in freedom,

Amanda Sanders

NRA-ILA Grassroots Field Coordinator – CO, NM, NV, and AZ
amanda@nrailafrontlines.com
(703) 943-6566

http://www.nrailafrontlines.com/

Sheriffs upset they were barred from House gallery Tuesday – Thursday Update


SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – As hundreds flooded the Roundhouse to take part in the first day of the new session, there were visitors who were shut out of the action Tuesday.

Sheriffs came to the Roundhouse to meet with lawmakers and listen to the governor’s speech, but because they were armed, they were told they couldn’t come into the House gallery.

“We were allowed to go into the Roundhouse but we weren’t allowed to go down onto the floor. We were directed to go to another room and watch what was going on from a TV,” Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace said. “That has never happened to us before and that’s a direct violation to the constitution of New Mexico. Not only that, the constitution of the United States, and that’s just, as law enforcement officers, as peace officers, we carry weapons. That’s just what we do.”

About a dozen sheriffs stood together, upset about what happened Tuesday. They say they’re the highest ranking law enforcement officials in their respective counties and have a duty to protect people at all times but felt like that duty was stripped away from them.

“It only makes sense that if something is to happen, wouldn’t you want sheriffs, your police chiefs, armed and ready to take action on this?” said another sheriff.

A spokesperson with the Legislative Council Services said in December, the council voted to ban all weapons from the House gallery for all joint sessions of the legislature.

KRQE News 13 is told the only people allowed to have weapons on them during that time is State Police and the Sergeant at Arms.

The sheriffs said that a few representatives brought this up on the floor Wednesday morning, upset about what happened and want this fixed.

Roundhouse security said they’re going to clarify if current law enforcement officials are exempt from that council rule before Thursday’s next joint session.

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(Editor: Having found out the our new Governor already broke the law, she conceded and allowed the Sheriffs in on Thursday)

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The State Legislature says law enforcement officers can carry a weapon inside the State Capitol.

Tuesday, sheriffs from around the state wanted to be there for the governor’s speech, but because they were armed they weren’t allowed in the House gallery.

Back in December, the legislative council voted to ban all weapons from the House gallery during joint sessions.

Thursday morning, the legislature clarified the rule and sheriffs have been welcomed back, armed.

(Editor:  Tony Mace, sheriff from Cibola County, is the head of the New Mexico’s sheriff association and an outspoken leader in the New Mexico 2A movement.  He attended the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association meeting a week ago.)

The recent TSA failure is nothing new and not the fault of Trump

Do you remember the day when minimum wage airline employees handled airline security?  I do.  They were generally nice people who made a cursory check and let you through.  Didn’t have to take off your shoes, your belt, and get physically molested by badge-heavy agents wanting to cop a feel.

A summary of the latest failure:

“After an armed passenger managed to board a Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT)-bound Delta Air Lines flight earlier this month, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials were quick to dismiss concerns that the incident was related to the ongoing partial federal government shutdown.”

Instead, lets talk about the overall failure.  I haven’t seen a single report of an actual terrorist being caught, not one.  Instead we are all delayed, embarrassed, and hassled, like the woman who couldn’t get through security with her breast milk and the flight she missed and how they totally abused her.

This is from a Forbes article:

TSA Misses 70% Of Fake Weapons But That’s An Improvement

When does a 70% failure rate actually represent an improvement? When we are talking about the efforts of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to detect weapons at airport checkpoints.

Undercover investigators working for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) managed to sneak fake guns, knives and explosives through checkpoints earlier this year, getting the mock weapons through a depressing 70% of the time. The unclassified summary noted “We identified vulnerabilities with TSA’s screener performance, screening equipment, and associated procedures.”

The exact failure rate is unclear, because the numbers were released in a closed House Homeland Security Committee hearing, but CBS reported a failure rate of “more than 70” while ABC was told that an 80% failure estimate was “in the ballpark.” Whatever the exact number, Michael McCaul, (R-Tex) chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said it was “disturbing.”

But in the world of government airport security, missing 70% is apparently an improvement over a similar test two years earlier, when the “hi-tech” equipment and the people manning it failed to detect fake weapons 95% of the time.

Some idea of the magnitude of the task being faced by the TSA, with whatever degree of success, can be gathered from Commissioner  David Pekoske’s statementbefore the committee. In 2016 “our Transportation Security Officers screened more than 760 million passengers and more than 2 billion carry-ons and checked bags at approximately 440 airports nationwide.” TSA Federal Air Marshals “deployed on more than 250,000 domestic and international flights last year.” And not every TSA officer was human; over 1,000 canine teams patrolled 100 aviation, mass transit, and maritime transportation locations.

Even so, lawmakers are still concerned at the high rate of failure. “This agency that you run is broken badly, and it needs your attention,” Representative Mike Rogers told Pekoske, the recently-confirmed TSA administrator, at the hearing.

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When you take minimum wage employees and give them a badge and a gun, did you really expect 100% performance, no, just one big mess.  A recent client told me that some of them thought their move to TSA should then allow them to become a Federal Air Marshall….OMG.

Join the Fight! Help stop Anti-2A Legislation in New Mexico

NMSSA Legislative Update

Tomorrow, the New Mexico legislature convenes in Santa Fe and anti-gun legislators are quietly, but quickly working to infringe upon our Second Amendment rights. The 2018 election did not have the outcome many New Mexicans wanted and now we have to take the fight to protect our freedoms to Santa Fe.

With proposed legislation such as “Extreme Risk Protection”, “Universal Background Checks”, and “Safe Storage Law”, the anti-gun legislators are looking to break their oath to the U.S. and New Mexico Constitutions. Overreaching with intrusive and unenforceable proposed legislation, law-abiding citizens of our state are the target of their frivolous actions.

Not even your right to defend yourself and your family in your own home is safe this Legislative Session, with the introduction of the “Criminal Protection Act”, HB130 which would let liberal anti-gun politicians dictate how you are allowed to store a firearm in your own home. They falsely claim it is to protect children, even though there are child endangerment laws already laws in place that do just that.

New Mexico Shooting Sports Association is not going to sit idly by and watch them infringe on our freedoms. We are ready to fight, we are prepared for the games they will attempt to play, and we will take your voices to Santa Fe. We will promise one thing: we will not give up the fight to protect our freedoms and rights.

Are you ready to join the fight? We need you to join NMSSA if you haven’t already and we need your support today. A contribution of $25, $50, $100 or more will help provide the resources necessary to take the fight to them.

In addition to your generous support, we need you to sign the petition so we can show the Santa Fe anti-gun politicians that New Mexicans do not want Michael Blomberg and New York City style gun control in their state. Sign the petition by click below:

Sign The Petition

Join the fight. Help us make the difference.

Zac Fort
President, NMSSA

Peak Felony?


By Dr LateBloomer – January 14, 2019

On Thursday, to the surprise of no one, Dianne Feinstein, the one trick pony of California politics, introduced her new Assault Weapons Ban. This, while two different versions of background check legislation float to and fro.

The way things are going with threats of even more felony-level firearms restrictions, I’m wondering when we reach a point of “Peak Felony”? Remember how people used to talk about “Peak Oil”? Well this would be “Peak Felony” – when the maximum number of otherwise lawful citizens become overnight felons by legislation or felons by non-compliance.

I’m no lawyer, and I don’t play one on TV, but it seems to me that after a certain number of felonies, the threat of more just doesn’t seem to be a deterrent anymore. You know – kinda like with criminals?

I’m a physician. One felony conviction will lose me my license to practice. So if possession of one 30-round magazine accidentally in the State of New Jersey destroys my life and livelihood, will possessing twenty of them make me even MORE imprisoned and unemployable? What if for the sake of argument I also happened to own a bump stock or two? How about some “assault weapons” for good measure? How felonious can an overbearing government MAKE a mild mannered pediatrician? Just asking – that wasn’t a dare, really.

When everything to do with firearms is a felony, why care about one more? Why care about the law at all? Is the criminal penalty even a deterrent anymore when they’ve made a mockery of it all? The existing criminals don’t seem deterred, so will most freedom-loving citizens even bat an eye when the rubber really hits the road?

The manipulators in government CREATE felons out of thin air, and usually not just once. EVERY object that they don’t like becomes a felony – whether it’s a piece of a firearm or an accessory for a firearm or even defensive rounds to put into a firearm. The felonies rack up like the meter on a gas pump. Soon it’s hard to tell in which state (or county or city) you’re a normal citizen and in which ones you are a dangerous criminal. Don’t blink on the interstate. One wrong exit could have you white-knuckle driving through a prohibited city.

As if our justice system isn’t already overloaded with genuinely violent criminals and sociopaths as it is. Yeah, let’s also screw up the lives and futures of our actually PRODUCTIVE citizens – that’ll teach those people to stand up for the Constitution and resist incursions upon their rights!

If you add up the apparent millions of already non-compliant Americans – from the New York SAFE Act ignorers, to the state bump-stock deniers, to the magazine ban resisters from sea-to-shining-sea – how do you think that would affect the economy by prosecuting, imprisoning, and throwing out-of-work ALL of those millions of people? Not to mention the governmental costs of prosecution and appeals and imprisonment.

At some point you realize that in the real world it’s NEVER. GOING. TO. HAPPEN. At least not in any serious way. They might find a few hapless saps to use as “examples”, but they can afford neither the financials nor the optics of house-to-house searches and mass round-ups of non-compliant citizens.

While they are wasting millions of dollars to put peaceful citizens under the boot, they could be rounding up ACTUAL criminals. It’s insanity.

Are these laws just empty threats then? Are these felony-happy legislators just laughable-yet-impotent fanatics? Maybe. But that doesn’t make them less dangerous.

Because anytime legislators use the power of government and threat of force to strip citizens of their rights and make them overnight criminals, we are in dangerous territory. Letting these laws stand for a single day sets dangerous precedent. But we can only litigate and strike down one bad law at a time. Thank Gawd for two SCOTUS appointments.

So now DiFi is cranking her broken Victrola again. Yay, more overnight felons. How many more will it take until legislators wake up to the insanity? I guess until the only ones who have firearms are the ACTUAL felons. They’ll be the only ones running free and we’ll all be in jail for possessing glorified Pez dispensers.

I figure if I’m going to have my life and career ruined eventually anyway, I might as well keep the felony meter running. I’m thinking it’s time to learn how to spite-build another AR. Better get in before the rush.

Dr LateBloomer is a female general pediatrician who bought her first firearm at the age of 46. She now enjoys many different shooting disciplines including self-defense, IDPA, USPSA, Steel/Rimfire Challenge, 3-Gun, Sporting clays, and is getting started in hunting. She is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and works to enlighten her medical colleagues whenever possible.

Background Checks: No Impact on Criminals

We have seen a generation of gun-grabbers rise and fall. The new generation of gun-grabbers are pushing for the same tired and baseless policies that won’t so much as inconvenience criminals. We understand the emotional response to violence and the desire to “do something.”

But that “something” has to be the right thing, a policy that will be effective on the target population and is backed by sound evidence. To design a policy that will stop criminals from getting guns, the first step should be to find out where criminals get guns.

Fortunately, the Bureau of Justice Statistics within the Office of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice just this week released a report that provides this very information. The report is the “Source and Use of Firearms Involved in Crimes: Survey of Prison Inmates, 2016” and its findings are quite clear.

More than one in five prisoners in state or federal prisons (20.8%) possessed or used a firearm during their crime; 18.4% had or used a handgun.

A plurality – 43.2% – got their guns off the street or on the underground market which does not include gun shows, flea markets, or private sales. The underground market only includes “markets for stolen goods, middlemen for stolen goods, criminals or criminal enterprises, or individuals or groups involved in sales of illegal drugs.”

About ten percent (10.1%) acquired the gun from a retail source. This includes 8.2% whom acquired it from a licensed dealer at a retail source. Just under 7% bought the firearm under their own name and then at least 6.7% underwent a background check; we say “at least” because some number of prisoners are unaware if a check was conducted. The remaining 3.3% includes people who may not be aware they were submitted to a check because, for many people, the check is completed instantly. As you know, federal law requires firearms dealers to conduct background checks.

A quarter (25.3%) of prisoners acquired the firearm they had at the time of their crime from an individual; 14.5% of these bought, traded, borrowed, or rented the gun from a family member or friend. The other 10.8% were given the firearm as a gift or it was purchased for the prisoner.

That sounds like it likely includes straw purchases, which are a federal crime.

Theft was not uncommon, at 6.4%, though not as common as anti-gun organizations would have you believe.

The remaining 17.4% cited some other source; 6.9% found it at the scene of the crime or it was the victim’s, 4.6% say the gun was brought by someone else, and 5.9% from “other” sources. This last category is a catch-all, including sources that are different from all of the other sources listed in the report. It is important to note that none of the types of “other” sources had enough responses to warrant their own category.

In other words, there weren’t enough prisoners saying they bought a gun online or from a stranger to categorize these straw-man arguments into categories. Some quick, back of the envelope math shows that just under 5,200 prisoners surveyed reported having a gun during their criminal offense.

How would so-called universal background checks impact any of these categories?

First, you have to rule out the retail purchases because most already underwent a background check. You would also have to concede that those who obtained the firearm from a family member or friend wouldn’t be affected, because of the exemptions in so-called universal background checks laws for family members and… well, come on. If someone is going to give a known criminal a gun, then they’re not going to change their minds because of a law. It’s already a crime to knowingly give a gun to a prohibited person.

Sellers on the underground market aren’t going to start running background checks because they are, themselves, criminals. Burglars won’t stop burgling to get a background check run on the firearms they’re stealing.

Criminals who somehow manage find a gun at the scene of the crime through no action of their own wouldn’t be affected by a background check.

So, please, tell us: which source of firearms for criminals will dry up under so-called universal background checks?

Unless drug dealers and purveyors of stolen goods set up shop with clipboards, log books, and internet access to run background checks, criminals will still have a source of illegal guns.

Oh, and don’t forget that universal background checks don’t work.

NSSF Commends Study For Doing Firearms Policy Research Right

by A1F Staff – Friday, January 11, 2019

Reported on by A1F staff, the Journal of American Surgeons showcased a published study in October 2018 entitled “State Level Firearm Concealed-Carry Legislation and Rates of Homicide and Other Violent Crime” is getting a nod from Larry Keane, general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

“It is refreshing to instead showcase a published study that effectively applies quantitative tools to public data, without relying on pre-determined, biased ‘findings,’” said Keane.

Keane went on to explain the study in plain English, and express what Second Amendment advocates have long intuitively believed about firearm ownership statistics.

“…the states that moved to less restrictive concealed carry policies saw no increase in violent crime, included [sic] homicides,” he said.

What makes the difference between this study and other published in recent years was public data from all 50 states and D.C. from 1986 to 2015 was analyzed completely with no missing variables or cherry-picking.

“Let’s hope that other researchers follow suit with more research that uses sound methodology to examine data without the bias and deliberate inaccuracies embedded in so much of the research published in recent years,” Keane concluded.

The Anti-Gun Association on Aging

Sandia Gun Club Wednesday Meeting is Cancelled,

SANDIA GUN CLUB WEDNESDAY MEETING IS CANCELLED

DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS–SNOW

ALSO, THE OUTDOOR PRECISION PISTOL MATCH IS CANCELLED

FOR THIS SATURDAY,  JANUARY 5TH.

SEE YOU IN FEBRUARY 2019 

SEE YOU NEXT MONTH

FEBRUARY 6TH, 2019

YOUR SECRETARY,  BERTIE NICHOLSON

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The Smallbore probe/3p match is cancelled on Saturday as well. Tomorrow I will send out a new schedule. We will start again in Feb. Stay warm
Happy New Year
Ginger

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Exteme weather….meh…

Mesilla Valley Outdoor Expo

Mesilla Valley Outdoor Expo 2019

JANUARY 12 @ 9:00 AM – JANUARY 13 @ 4:00 PM

Attractions:

  • Ninja Obstacle Course
  • BB Gun Range
  • Archery Range
  • ATV Simulator
  • Pellet Gun Trailer

The Mesilla Valley Outdoor Expo presents the “I Bearly Escaped!” Escape Room feature for all attendees! Find your way through this special-edition Escape Room for just $7! 

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Special Performances by Frank Addington, Jr. “The Aspirin Buster”
Home of Amazing Archery

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Admission – Expo Tickets Available at the Door

  • General Admission $8
  • Military ID (active & retired) $5
  • First Responders $5
  • Children 10 & Younger FREE
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