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Urgent Alert: Ban on Self-Made Firearms Proposed in NM

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In just-filed 2021 HB166, Representative Lujan from Santa Fe wants to make it a felony in New Mexico to manufacture or possess a firearm made from an unfinished receiver, a firearm made at home in any fashion, or a firearm that includes any components manufactured on a 3D printer not owned by a FFL. This would include firearms made from an 80% lower receiver.

If you already own such a firearm, this bill would make you a felon for doing so. If any component of any firearm you own was manufactured on a 3D printer, this bill would make you a felon. The bill would even make it a felony to provide code for making a firearm component on a 3D printer to anyone in New Mexico.

We are opposed to this legislation and will keep you updated on its progress.

Are you planning to apply for the 2021 – 2022 big game draw?

Whether you have applied for years or are ready to apply for the first time, here are some thing you need to know.

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Rules and Information Booklet

Information about rules, seasons, fees and more is available in the 2021-2022 Hunting Rules & Information booklet online now and will be available in print soon. Hunters are encouraged to review season dates, application deadlines and other information before applying for licenses or going afield.

The application deadline for bear and turkey permits is 5 p.m. Feb. 10.

The deadline to file your harvest report without a late fee is Feb. 15.

The application deadline for big-game licenses is 5 p.m. March 17.

Apply online. 

February 13-14 Rocky Mountain Gun Show Cancelled

We wanted to reach out to let everyone know our show on February 13-14 in Albuquerque, NM at the Expo New Mexico, has unfortunately been cancelled. We want to continue to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding as we work through these hard times. We hope this year will start to look up for everyone and look forward to being back in New Mexico.

Cougar hunting zone B is closed

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

Attention New Mexico cougar hunters:

Cougar hunting zone B is closed effective Dec. 18, 2020, as the harvest limit has been reached. Please refer to the chart below for the most current harvest reports and zone status. 

Bear: All zones are closed.

Please remember: Before hunting, hunters must verify the zone is open by checking the Department website or calling the Bear and Cougar Zone Closure and Harvest Hotline, (877) 950-5466.

Bear zone hunting closure update — Statewide

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

Attention New Mexico bear hunters:

Bear hunting is closed statewide, effective Nov. 30, 2020.

Cougar: All zones are open.

Please remember: Before hunting bears or cougars, hunters must verify the zone is open by checking the Department’s website or calling the Bear and Cougar Zone Closure and Harvest Hotline, (877) 950-5466.

Department of Game and Fish reminds customers to call or go online for services

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News


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


Department of Game and Fish reminds customers to call or go online for services

SANTA FE – As the holiday season is quickly approaching, the Department of Game and Fish is continuing to proactively take measures to keep staff and customers safe from COVID-19 by keeping offices closed. Department services remain accessible to customers by phone, on the website, Facebook or by appointment when required.

The rates at which COVID positive cases and COVID related deaths in New Mexico continue to rise is alarming. Per Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s current executive order, everyone is encouraged to stay home, avoid travel and not attend public gatherings. Officials have predicted that many people may not heed these recommendations during the holidays, causing the Department to take further precautions to keep staff and customers safe from COVID-19. All New Mexico Department of Game and Fish offices, including Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Raton, Roswell and Santa Fe, will be closed to all staff and will remain closed to the public at least through December 4. Other properties, such as the state fish hatcheries, will also remain closed to the public. Visit the Department’s Alert page for information on the closures.

Private land hunters need to be proactive, purchasing licenses online as soon as possible to allow ample time to receive their carcass tag(s). Shipping the paper tag typically takes 14-days. Hunters do have the option to use the NM E-Tag ap if they purchase a license within the 14-day window.

If you need assistance, call the Information Center at (888) 248-6866 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you need in person help, such as pelt tagging a bear or cougar, appointments must be made in advance. For pelt tagging, please call the Harvest Hotline at (877) 950-5466.

If you need to report a poaching, the Operation Game Thief program is available 24/7. You can report online or by calling 1-800-432-4263.

For all other appointments, call the Information Center.

The Department, including the Information Center, will be closed on Nov. 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Game Commission to meet virtually Oct. 16

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

Game Commission to meet virtually Oct. 16

SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Game Commission will meet virtually Friday, Oct. 16 at 9:00 a.m.

The full agenda and other information will be available on the Department of Game and Fish website before the meeting.

If you are interested in participating and providing comments, you are encouraged to pre-register to attend the meeting on the Zoom Webinar platform. More information, including how to join the meeting by phone, is available on the Department’s website.

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

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 Chairwoman Sharon Salazar Hickey, Vice-Chairwoman Roberta Salazar-Henry, Jimmy Bates, Gail Cramer, Tirzio Lopez, David Soules and Jeremy Vesbach.

If you are an individual with a disability who needs 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.

Grassroots Alert!

The Albuquerque City Council is back at it, with two anti-gun proposals being heard TOMORROW night. Now is the time to take acton and make our voices heard! 

Ordinance O-19-82 mandates locked storage requirements for any firearms outside your immediate possession or control, with fines and/or jail time for violations.  Requiring all firearms out of arm’s reach to be stored with a lock or in a locked container will render them useless in self-defense situations and most recreational or competitive shooting scenarios.  New Mexico already has a child abuse/endangerment statute that gives law enforcement and district attorneys the tools to charge and prosecute parents or guardians in appropriate cases when their child gains unauthorized access to a firearm and commits a crime or injures himself or another.  This ordinance is expected to be considered at the Council’s meeting on Monday, September 21, at 3:00 pm.

Ordinance O-19-83 bans firearms at any building owned or leased by the city for conducting business with the public, including city hall, city libraries, city community centers, city parks and recreation facilities.  This would negate your right to carry and protect yourself in these taxpayer-owned buildings and facilities and nullify your state-issued concealed handgun license in countless locations.  Criminals would ignore these newly-created gun-free zones that leave law-abiding citizens defenseless.  This measure is expected to be considered at the Council’s meeting on Monday, September 21, at 3:00 pm.

Please contact each of the members of the Albuquerque City Council and let them know you OPPOSE O-19-82 & O-19-83.  

District 1: Councilor Sena – | (505) 768-3183
District 2: Councilor Benton – | (505) 768-3186
District 3: Councilor Pena – | (505) 768-3127
District 4: Councilor Bassan – | (505) 768-3101
District 5: Councilor Borrego – | (505) 768-3189
District 6: Councilor Davis – | (505) 768-3152
District 7: Councilor Gibson – | (505) 768-3136
District 8: Councilor Jones – | (505) 768-3106
District 9: Councilor Harris – | (505) 768-3123

Information on how to submit written comment to the Councilmembers in advance of the September meetings, and how to participate via Zoom to offer verbal testimony at these meetings, can be found below.

Note: Council meeting agendas will be posted at 3:00 pm on the Friday before the next meeting.

Written Comments: The Council will take general public written comment on the meeting’s specific agenda items via email through 1:00 pm on the day of the meeting.  Web form submission for public comment can be found here. These comments will be distributed to all Councilors for review in advance of the meeting.

Virtual, Live Comments: The Council will take general public comment on any topic, including agenda items, up to a maximum of 15 people, on a first-come, first-served basis. To provide real time verbal public comment over Zoom, participants must sign-up for public comment by 1:00 pm the day of the Council meeting but sign-up will start as soon as the Council agenda is posted, at 3:00 pm the Friday before the Council meeting. The sign-up sheet can be accessed here.


For 85 years, New Mexico Shooting Sports Association has been a consistent voice in the effort to safeguard liberty in New Mexico, but we need your help to keep it going. 

For New Mexico,
Zac Fort


Capitan High Power Club



SATURDAY September 11-13, 2020, 8 AM on Sat, prone competition firing starts at 8:00 AM on Sun (see below)


CAPITAN GUN RANGE. The range is located 3 miles east of Capitan on the north side of U.S. Highway 380 ( Camping is OK on the Capitan Range.  No water is available at this time.  The following motel is available in Capitan:  Smokey Bear Motel, 575 354-2253.  Other lodging is available throughout Lincoln Country.  On the web:


FEE $5 (includes cook out on Sat and match fees on Sunday and handouts). Additional funding is provided by the Rocky Elk Foundation, Civilian Marksmanship Program, and Socorro Gun Club.


All students will receive expert instruction and coaching in the fundamental principles and techniques of prone and 3- position .22 rifle shooting (i.e., prone, standing, kneeling), which will carry over to air rifle and highpower rifle shooting. Prone only shooters are encouraged to attend. Students will be provided a safe learning environment that will enhance their shooting skills and prepare them for competition. Both James and Virginia McLemore are certified NRA instructors. Virginia is a certified coach, training counselor, national champion, and holds national records in highpower and smallbore rifle. Students must be at least 10 years old. ADULTS ARE WELCOMED. .22 rifles and other equipment will be provided if requested before Thursday September 10 and subjected to availability. If you have your own please bring it. On Sunday there will be a smallbore rifle competition open to all, even if you do not attend Saturday’s classes (see below).




Welcome and distribution of handout materials

Safety and handling the .22 rifle

Training and goal setting, schedule

Preparing for competition, team competition

Rules, types of competitions

Shooters Journal

Safety and handling the .22 rifle

Firing the shot

Prone position

Standing position

Kneeling position

Adjusting sights


Competition on Sunday




COMPETITION SUNDAY, September 13, 2020 (Open to all even if they did not attend the clinic). Time 8:30.

The course of fire will consist of: 20 shots each position (kneeling, prone, standing, target A-25), Dewar course (20 shots, 50 yds, target A23-5; 20 shots 100 yds, target A-25.  Any .22 rifle, any sights.  If shooters want to shoot prone only course of fire is 60 shots prone, 50 yds, target A-25, plus the Dewar course. Coaching is allowed in this competition only.


NRA classification will be used (rule 19.15).  Competitors will be grouped by age: novice (10 or younger), subjunior (11-14), inter. junior (14-17), junior (18-20), and adult (over 21).  Less than 3 competitors will be combined.

FEE for competition if not entered in the .22 workshop on Sat $10.


For more information contact Virginia McLemore (1219 Hilton Pl, Socorro, NM  87801; phone 575-835-5521,


Grades Are Out!

NMSSA has partnered with NRA-ILA to assign grades to the legislative candidates throughout New Mexico. They are ready for you to review and share! 

These grades are based on their voting record and the candidate’s responses to NRA-ILA questionnaires. NMSSA does not endorse candidates, but we do agree with NRA-ILA’s candidate grades.

You can review the grades by clicking below: