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NICS Gun Data Sales up 137% Last Month, Highest June in History

Continuing to set new monthly records, last month was the highest June in terms of federal background checks for gun transfers since the system was established.

The unadjusted figures of 3,909,502 checks conducted through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System last month is a 70.6 percent jump from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,291,066 in June 2019.

To put that into more relatable terms, when the data was filtered by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to remove figures for gun permit checks by states which use NICS for that purpose, the number of checks stands at 2,177,586 which is a 135.7 percent increase compared to the June 2019 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 924,054, making it the highest June on record since the FBI began the checks as part of the Brady bill more than two decades ago and continuing the trend seen all Spring.

The reason?

“Civil unrest, rioting, looting and calls to defund police are unquestionably motivating factors of why this trend is increasing,” Mark Oliva, NSSF’s Public Affairs Director, told “Americans are right to be concerned for their personal safety. It’s entirely reasonable that law-abiding citizens are exercising their Constitutional right to purchase a firearm to protect themselves.”

Oliva went on to point out that the figures stand as a very real litmus test on how the country feels when it comes to gun control.

“Our nation’s elected representatives should take heed of where their constituents are on gun ownership today,” he said. “Politicians who entertain notions of defunding police departments are the same ones who call for strict gun control and even outright confiscation. These figures aren’t push polls. They are representative of Americans from all walks of life who are taking action and taking responsibility for their rights and their safety.”

Oliva pointed to the trade group’s latest survey of firearm retailers that showed 40 percent of recent gun buyers are purchasing a firearm for the first time. Further, of those millions of first-time gun owners, 40 percent are women and are overwhelmingly buying handguns for personal protection.

Anti-gun groups baffled

Despite the news cycle being dominated by coverage of unrest across the country, national anti-gun groups seemed at a loss to figure out why Americans are exercising their Second Amendment rights in record numbers.

“Gun sales have been surging since the pandemic, so it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact reason for this month’s sales,” said Rob Wilcox, deputy director of policy and strategy at Everytown, in a statement concerning the record NICS figures.


2020 New Mexico Wildlife Expo and 4th Annual Gala Cancelled

2020 Gala Update

We come before you today with heavy hearts to announce the cancellation of our 2020 New Mexico Wildlife Expo and 4th annual Gala that was to be held at the Isleta Resort & Casino Friday August 21st & Saturday August 22nd. The safety and well being of our fellow DSCNM members, family and guests is of the utmost importance. We received an email late last week from The Isleta Convention Services Manager. He emailed us the following statement “I’m sorry to say we got word from our Tribal Council today that it is too soon in August to commit to the current date”

Effectively putting an end to all the hard work and planning that the DSCNM Board of Directors, staff & volunteers had put into the 2020 Expo & Gala.

The board of directors wishes to thank each and every one of the individuals that put so much effort thus far into the Expo & Gala as well as to our sponsors and individuals that had already purchased tickets.

While we understand the disappointment and inconvenience in this decision, we are looking to the future with what we can do for our members in 2020, 2021 and beyond. 


We are pushing forward with plans for future events and innovative ways to raise funds to support our much-needed projects. DSCNM looks to all of you for your continued support of our events, programs, youth, veterans, 1st responders and scholarships.


Score something awesome!

We will continue with our annual online auction through There will be over 30 items, including hunts, fishing trips, art, bronzes, Swarovski & Vortex optics and much more. We are planning a Gala or other exciting event at in February or March 2021. More information and details will be announced via email, our website and through social media.

Win Big!

We will also be launching online raffles via our social media and on the DSCNM website. These raffles will feature a lot of really cool stuff, firearms, optics, hunting & fishing packages, camo, backpacks, art and a whole lot more.


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We are in the process of contracting with Isleta for a 5 Year commitment to hold the DSCNM Expo & Gala the 2nd weekend of August. This will secure a location and dates that everyone can plan on every year.

Let’s all show that DSCNM is here to stay and with everyone’s support we can make this the largest grossing money year of our organization. Together we can and will make a difference.

We pray that we all see each other in February or March 2021. Until then God Bless us all, stay safe and well.

The Board of Directors

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Beyond the classroom

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Its’ like… being in line for a Disneyland ride!” declared Byron, age 17 from Farmington, New Mexico.

Another hunter Aiden, 14 years old from Albuquerque stated: “That was very exhilarating!” A testimonial from another youth hunter who participated on the hunt. All hunt participants indicated that they learned a lifetime of new skills, especially when it came to locating, stalking and field dressing an animal. They were all motivated to continue to hunt again and planned on purchasing and applying for hunting draw permits in the next license year.

Most likely when you think of hunter education, you think of sitting in a classroom listening to an instructor talk, participating in some activities, watching a few videos, and taking a test. But for several New Mexico students, hunter education goes way beyond that final test.

Getting a 100% on both the written and practical tests gives youth graduates an entry into a special draw for a fall pronghorn or elk hunt. Private landowners donate tags to the graduates; the learning experience is further enhanced by experienced guides.

Check out this video highlighting the holistic approach that allows hunter education graduates to apply what they learned. This hunt provided the classroom-extension component that enabled these first-time hunters to go afield on an escorted hunt and test their newly learned skills with their mentor. This experience additionally offered the chance to learn new skills one can only obtain while actively hunting a big game animal. The hunt wrapped up with a simple field-to-fork opportunity to share stories of the day and enjoy the tenderloin.

Follow a youth hunter education graduate and his sister on their first hunt in pursuit of pronghorn on the plains of northeastern New Mexico. Experience this unique hunting opportunity with him from glassing up pronghorn, to stalking and creeping up within shooting distance on a herd.

Silver Spur August show CANCELLED

DUE to COVID19 the August show has been CANCELLED!
We will be back December 12 & 13.

Deer, elk and bighorn enhancement – raffle tickets are now available

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Win your New Mexico dream hunt

Are you sitting at home dreaming of hunting this fall? Purchasing raffle tickets can be an inexpensive way to potentially win your New Mexico dream hunt! All proceeds from enhancement hunts are used solely for habitat enhancement, conservation, research and management projects in New Mexico for the species raffled. Authorizations may be used either by the recipient or any individual of the recipient’s choice through sale, barter or gift. These hunts do not count as Once-in-a-Lifetime Hunts.

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Take Back Control

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With the 2020 Primary just 21 days away, now is the time to join the fight.

Your NMSSA is working to ensure New Mexicans know who will stand for their Second Amendment rights. We worked with the NRA to grade the candidates and remind voters who in the legislature infringed on our rights.

Take a moment and find your district and legislator here, then check their grade by clicking here!

After the lawsuit is completed, we intend to turn our focus to holding legislators accountable for their actions in the 2020 legislative session. Voters will know who took away their rights, but that will take resources to reach every corner of New Mexico.

For New Mexico,
Zac Fort

Access to Firearms is Under Attack || Act Now!

Last week the Trump administration labeled gun stores and gun manufacturers as “essential“ businesses during the shut downs happening for COVID19. Unfortunately our anti-Second Amendment Governor refuses to do the same. It’s time we stand up and let our voice be heard.

Our founding fathers never envisioned the Second Amendment to be used in times of peace but in times of uncertainty in and times of conflict. As the scope of government grows, our right to defend ourselves against tyranny and our right to defend our homes from danger becomes increasingly important.

Call Governor Lujan Grisham today and tell her we demand access to firearms retailers and ammunition in this uncertain time.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham : 505-476-2200

Although we are in a tough time, our fight to defend the Second Amendment is ongoing. NMSSA continues to stand at the front lines of our fight against New Mexico‘s gun grabbing politicians. Will you join the fight? Join today at
Pressing on for Freedom,

Zac Fort 
President, NMSSA

Governor Wastes Law Enforcement Resources to Ensure Gun Stores are Shuttered

To further her own anti-gun agenda, Governor Lujan Grisham wasted taxpayer money and risked public safety by having her State Police violate their Constitutional oath by cruising gun shops.

In response to the Covid 19 outbreak, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered the closure of all businesses she doesn’t consider “Essential.”  The Governor did not designate firearm stores as “essential,” but many remained open because the Governor’s order did not explicitly order them closed.  Your NRA-ILA has now learned that Governor Grisham is making her anti-gun proclivities clear by tasking the State Patrol with driving by gun stores and telling dealers that they are, and will remain, closed to the public.  New Mexico residents are encouraged to contact their local firearms dealers to inquire about the potential to make online purchases while the Governor’s order remains in effect.

Meanwhile, in the neighboring state of Colorado, gun stores have been listed as critical businesses and are allowed to operate.  The same is true in many states throughout the country.  This action by the Governor is not just anti-gun, but fails to consider the need for safety and security in these uncertain times.  Please contact Governor Grisham at 505-476-2200 and ask her to please respect our right to self-defense and leave gun stores alone.?

Project proposals sought for Share with Wildlife funding

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027


Project proposals sought for Share with Wildlife funding

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Share with Wildlife program is now accepting proposals for projects that would start in 2021.

The Share with Wildlife program funds projects up to $50,000 in four categories: habitat enhancement, biological and ecological research studies, wildlife rehabilitation and wildlife education.

Topics of particular interest to the Department are projects that would start between Jan. 15, 2021 and May 31, 2021. Details about the proposal format are listed in the Call For Project Information for fiscal year 2021 available on the Share with Wildlife website, under the Applications-Reports tab.

Offerors should make sure to use the updated Share with Wildlife Proposal Cover Sheet posted on the Share with Wildlife webpage. Please note the new requirement for documentation of communication with federal agencies for research and habitat projects with proposed survey or implementation sites on federal lands. Additional clarification has also been provided regarding ground disturbance and purchased items with a life span past the timeline of the project.

Any questions about the application process and final project proposals should be submitted to Ginny Seamster, Share with Wildlife Coordinator, at

All proposals must be submitted electronically, preferably in a single .pdf file, by 5 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time, Friday, May 29, 2020.

Albuquerque City Council Persuaded to Address Gun Owner Concerns

Albuquerque City Council Persuaded to Address Gun Owner Concerns

On Monday night, the Albuquerque City Council voted 6-3 to pass a substitute version of Council Bill O-20-4, granting the Mayor the ability to declare a public health emergency and take specified actions in response.  The original version of the proposed ordinance included this new power under the existing Civil Emergency Law.  This would have allowed the Mayor to invoke all existing powers in cases of civil emergency when a public health emergency is declared.  The most concerning of these is the ability to:

“Order the discontinuance of selling, distributing, dispensing or giving away of any firearms or ammunition of any character whatsoever, or in the alternative, order the closing of all establishments or portions thereof where arms and/or ammunition are kept for sale or distribution.” The substitute bill that was ultimately passed placed these new public health emergency powers in an entirely new section of law, ensuring this dangerous power pertaining to the citizens’ ability to acquire firearms during a time of civil unrest could not be exercised during a declared public health emergency.  To their credit, the council members acted on the concerns expressed by the gun owning community.