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The 2024 NM Legislative Session has Started

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Today, the 2024 New Mexico Legislative Session officially started. The governor wasted no time attacking out rights in her State of the State speech. She has made it clear that once again she is targeting your right to own a firearm while ignoring New Mexico’s broken criminal justice system. This year is a 30-day budget session, but there have been a multitude of gun related bills filed so far. Here is the list we are tracking, some we support, most we are opposed to.

HB27 – Expand New Mexico’s “red-flag extreme risk protection order” gun confiscation law to allow a police officers and any “health care professionals” to seek an order against someone. It would also allow police to obtain a search warrant under the purely civil orders and require an accused party to immediately surrender their firearms.

HB58 – Remove the law passed in 2019 to criminalize private firearm sales.

HB78 – Make New Mexico a permitless or “constitutional” concealed carry state.

HB79 – Reduce gross receipts tax on firearm and ammunition sales.

HB81 – Tax credits for gun safe purchases. While this is a concept we support, one of the bill’s sponsors was also a sponsor of mandatory storage laws in the past, so it is a bill we will be watching very carefully.

HB114 – Increased civil liability for the firearms industry by creating new civil actions against gun manufacturers and retailers in New Mexico. Several New Mexico FFLs have told us they would go out of business if this bill passes.

HB127 – Banning anyone under 21 from purchasing or possessing a semiautomatic firearm. An 18-year old who currently own a semiautomatic firearm would not be allowed to keep their gun if the bill passes.

HB129 – Mandatory 14-day waiting period on firearm sales. After you purchased a gun, you would have to wait 14 business days before you could take it home with you.

SB5 – Banning firearms near polling places.

Additionally, we are expecting several more bills that have yet to be filed, or do not have a bill number yet.

A semi-automatic rife ban that would also require current owners to register their firearms with the state.
Another version of a 14-day waiting period bill.
A bill that would impose an 11% excise tax on the sales of firearms and ammunition.
A bill that would impose even more restrictions on where someone can carry a firearm.

This is going to be a very busy session for gun owners. We will be sending out alerts as we receive information on bills and when they will be heard

Zac Fort


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More Gun Bills Filed New Mexico Legislature 2024

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As we approach the start of the 2024 New Mexico Legislative Session, there are more bills we want to make you aware of. First, while we don’t have a bill number yet, Senator Cervantes has said that he will again file a firearm waiting period bill. The bill would require a 14 Business Day wait before a purchased firearm could be taken home. Once we have a bill number we will send an update.

The 30-day session is a budget session, so non-budget bills require a message from the governor to be added to the agenda. Here are some bills that have been filed, but we don’t know yet if they will be heard.

HB58 from Representative Lord would repeal New Mexico’s law criminalizing private firearm sales. HB78 from Representative Block would make New Mexico a permitless, or constitutional carry, state. HB79 from Representative Block would reduce gross receipts tax on firearm and ammunition sales. HB81 from Representatives Reeb and Hernandez would give New Mexicans a tax credit for purchasing a gun safe.

We will continue to update you on the progress of firearm related legislation in Santa Fe. Please forward our email alerts to your contacts who need to know what is happening in Santa Fe and let them know they can subscribe for free anytime. Also, please consider donating to NMSSA to help us keep up the fight for your rights in New Mexico.

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Have you been curious about bowhunting

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Have you been curious about bowhunting, attend our upcoming camp to learn important skills

This camp is for participants of all ages who are interested in learning more about the basics of archery and bowhunting. Participants will learn archery basics and safety, how to choose equipment, proper shot placement while hunting, outdoor preparedness and more! All archery equipment will be provided; however, you are encouraged to bring your own equipment if you have it.

Class will be held Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Roswell (registration opens on Nov. 27 at 9 a.m.).

Enroll for a class by logging into or creating a customer account and clicking on Hunter Education  (CORRECTED LINK).

Attention Hunters: Now is the time to start giving back

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Attention hunters: Are you ready to give back to the hunting community? We are looking for ethical hunters to help teach the next generation of hunters. The Department currently has three scheduled opportunities to get certified:

Dec. 16, 2023 in Las Cruces

Jan. 6, 2024 in Hobbs

Jan. 27, 2024 in Albuquerque

To learn more about becoming a hunter education instructor, visit our website.

Be ready to apply for the 2024 hunting season by getting your Hunter Education class now!

Hunter Education provides an educational opportunity that enables students to safely participate in a hunting or shooting sport. Hunter Education and its corps of volunteer instructors strive to produce safe, ethical and responsible students who will be tomorrow’s hunters and shooters.

Hunter Education classes are currently listed in Bosque del Apache, Farmington, Isleta, Lovington, Questa, Sandia Park and Socorro.

Find a list of statewide classes here.

Enroll for a class by logging into or creating a customer account and clicking on Hunter Education. 

Game Commission to meet October 27

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New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: 505-476-8000,
Media contact, Darren Vaughan: 505-476-8027,


Game Commission to meet October 27

SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Game Commission will hold a meeting at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington Street; Farmington, New Mexico 87401. The full agenda, location details, attendee information and general information will be available on the Department of Game and Fish website.

If you are interested in participating and providing comments, but cannot attend the meeting in person, you are encouraged to pre-register to attend the meeting on the Zoom Webinar platform. For those who wish only to view the meeting, there will also be a live webcast on the Department’s website.

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 Darren Vaughan at 505-476-8027 or Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms.

Lawsuit Update 10/3/23

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Today, the hearing for the Preliminary Injunction against the governor’s “public health order” was held in Federal Court in Albuquerque. The judge did not rule on the injunction today, but he extended the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) previously issued, noting that parks were included in the original “public health order” the TRO was granted against. The TRO has been extended through October 11th. The judge expects to rule on the injunction by that date.

It is worth noting that the governor’s attorney present said the governor intends to extend her order beyond the initial 30 days it was issued for, and the governor herself has told the media she would like to return the scope of her order to its original language. This underscores why it is so important to continue to litigate this matter.

We will continue this fight, but we need your support too. Please continue to support NMSSA, Firearms Policy Coalition, and Second Amendment Foundation.

How to Become a New Mexico Game Warden

Do you have a passion for wildlife and the outdoors? Do you want a job that gets you out of the office? Are you ready to find a career and not just another job? You are invited to join us virtually on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. as we visit with Lt. Andrew Armendariz from our Field Operations Division about what it takes to become a New Mexico game warden, and how to navigate the current hiring process.

This session aims to provide information on what a career as a game warden looks like, and why wildlife law enforcement plays an essential role in our Department. We are currently hiring game warden recruits, so this is your opportunity to learn how to apply, what the requirements are, what the training timeline looks like and to ask questions about the process.

The educational requirements to become a game warden include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in any field with at least 12 credit hours that pertain to the essential duties and responsibilities of this classification.

Essential duties and responsibilities of this position:


  • Participate and assist in wildlife management.
  • Assist in providing information on wildlife education, wildlife law enforcement, management and research.
  • Assist in enforcing wildlife regulations/laws and wildlife management.
  •  Have contact with the general public to provide information on wildlife regulations and laws.

Visit our website at to review the position details before the live session.

To participate virtually, click here to register in advance for this session. Please bring questions for the Q&A session after our presentation, or you can send them to Colleen Payne in advance. This session will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel if you can’t make the live session.

Victory in Court Today! TRO Granted

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Today in Federal Court in Albuquerque, the Federal Judge presiding over our case granted us a Temporary Restraining Order against the Governor’s unconstitutional order banning the carrying of firearms in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. The order is effective today as of 2:55pm.

This was a win today, but the case is far from over. The next hearing will be held on October 3rd. Our attorneys did an excellent job representing our members, and all New Mexicans in court today. Their performance is exactly why we partnered with them.

We will continue this fight, but we need your support too. Please continue to support NMSSA, Firearms Policy Coalition, and Second Amendment Foundation.