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Last Chance to Contact Lawmakers in Opposition of SB 8

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The New Mexico House could hold the final vote on SB 8 as early as tonight! This bill would criminalize almost all private sales of firearms, would force gun owners to pay fees, and force them to obtain government approval before making these private firearms sales. This is your last chance to contact your lawmakers and make your opposition known, before this bill heads to the Governor’s desk. Click on the take action button below to contact your state Representative and strongly urge them to oppose SB 8 when it comes up for a vote.

Stand up and shout “Our Rights Shall not be Infringed!” Contact your lawmakers now! If you have questions about what is happening in New Mexico and would like to become involved in our Grassroots efforts, contact me at or call (703) 943-6566.

Yours in freedom,

Amanda Sanders

NRA-ILA Grassroots Field Coordinator
(703) 943-6566

14 Counties Adopt 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Resolution

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — As gun laws make their way through the state Legislature, 14 county commissions around the state — including those from Sandoval and Valencia Counties — have passed resolutions declaring their county to be a “second amendment sanctuary county.”

The sanctuary resolution says a commission supports its sheriff in any decisions not to enforce unconstitutional laws and not to use any county resources to enforce laws that infringe on the right to bear arms.

It is likely to be passed in even more counties at meetings in the coming weeks.

For the full story, go to the Journal, Click Here

Attention Residents of Sandoval County

There will be a resolution proposed on Thursday February 21st at the Sandoval County Commission Chambers at 6pm for Sandoval County to become a sanctuary county.  The address for those who can attend is 1500 Idalia Rd. Rio Rancho, NM-Building D.  Please email or call your respective commissioner to politely express your support of the resolution.  The resolution can be found on their website at  along with emails for the commissioners.
The resolution that is being proposed is for 2nd Amendment Sanctuary status for Sandoval County.  The “sanctuary” wording is misleading to some members so here is the actual resolution.
SANDOVAL COUNTY Resolution No. 2-21-19.9


WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners met in a regular duly noticed meeting onFebruary 12, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Sandoval County 1500 Idalia Road, Building D., Bernalillo, New Mexico; and,

WHEREAS, NMSA 1978, Section 4-37-1 (1995) provides that Counties have the power to,“provide for the safety, preserve the health, promote the prosperity and improve the morals, order, comfort and convenience of any county or its inhabitants”; and,

WHEREAS, NMSA, 1978, Section 4-38-18 (1976) provides that a Board of County Commissioner has the duty and authority “[t]o represent the county and have the care of the county property and the management of the interest of the county in all cases where no other provision is made by law; and,

WHEREAS, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, protects the inalienable and individual right of the people to keep and bear arms; and,

WHEREAS, the Supreme Court in the District of Columbia v. Heller, decision affirmed

; and,

WHEREAS, the Supreme Court in

WHEREAS, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174 (1939), opined that firearms that are part of ordinary military equipment, or with use that could contribute to the common defense are protected by the Second Amendment; and,

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Board to declare its support of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and the New Mexico Constitution protecting citizens’ inalienable andindividual right to keep and bear arms; and, 554 U.S. 570 (200)  an individual’s right to possess firearms, unconnected with service in a militia, for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010), affirmed that the right of an individual to “keep and bear arms,” as protected under the Second Amendment,

is incorporated by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment against the states; and,WHEREAS, Article II, Section 6 of the Constitution of New Mexico provides that “[n]o law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms;” and,

WHEREAS, the members of this Board took an oath to support and defend the United States Constitution, the Constitution of the State of New Mexico and the laws of the State of New Mexico (insofar as they are constitutional); and,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Sandoval by the authority granted the Board by the laws of the State of New Mexico and people of Sandoval County, New Mexico to stand and defend their rights and liberties, which are guaranteed by the United States and New Mexico Constitutions, we hereby declare this Resolution as follows:

Second Amendment Preservation Resolution Designating Sandoval County a Second Amendment “Sanctuary County”

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Board affirms its support for the duly elected Sheriff of Sandoval County, New Mexico in the exercise of his sound discretion and affirms its resolve to support decisions by our Sheriff to not enforce any unconstitutional firearms law against
any citizen.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Board will not authorize or appropriate government funds, resources, employees, agencies, contractors, buildings, detention centers or offices for the purpose of enforcing law that unconstitutionally infringes on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

Bill to ban coyote killing contests passes first committee

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A new law is making its way through the Roundhouse that would make it illegal to organize or participate in coyote killing contests.

The inspiration behind this bill came after the sponsors heard reports of people leaving behind dead coyotes without regard after a contest.

“There was news reports of coyotes just been dumped in the middle of the desert. Dozens of coyotes just shot and left out in the desert to bake in the sun,” said Sen. Mark Moores, (R) Albuquerque. “And it just sent a bad message for all of New Mexico that we’re going to allow this.”

The bill would make it illegal for someone to organize, sponsor, arrange, hold or participate in coyote killing contests for prizes or for entertainment. People in favor of these contests said it helps with coyote overpopulation and with protecting livestock. Supporters of the ban said these contests are cruel.

“I think it would send a great message about the state of New Mexico,” said Sen. Jeff Steinborn, (D) Las Cruces. “We would be the second state in the country to outlaw these killing competitions and to a place like the Land of Enchantment, where we’re trying to build an outdoor economy—we celebrate our natural life here and our culture—that it would send a message that we don’t support an inhumane treatment of animals.”

The bill passed its first committee hearing this morning. The law would not change the coyote’s status as an unprotected animal that can be killed without a license.

The Legislative Finance Committee said in 2015, more than 55 coyotes were intentionally killed with guns.

In January, the state’s Land Commissioner signed an executive order banning killing contests on state land.

Senators Moores and Steinborn have tried to pass this bill before, but it was postponed indefinitely in the 2017 session.

New Mexico County Declares Itself “2nd Amendment Sanctuary State”

Quay County in eastern New Mexico has declared itself a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County” in protest of pending gun control legislation in the state.

The Quay County Commission voted unanimously to pass the resolution, as reported by Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV.

Curry and Union Counties passed similar situations earlier this week and Eddy County Commissioners are slated to vote on their version next Tuesday.

The state’s House Republicans commended the move in a statement, saying they are proud of Quay County (pop. 10k), for standing up for the rights of New Mexicans. Republican lawmakers represent the minority in both the state’s House and Senate.

The pending gun control legislation includes House Bill 8, which would expand background checks to gun sales between private citizens, the station reported. Licensed gun dealers are already required to conduct background checks by state law.

The New Mexico Sheriff’s Association has been vocal against the gun bills, including one that would require background checks on all gun sales. The New Mexico Sheriff’s Association called the laws unenforceable, saying they would punish law-abiding citizens, according to the station

Special Message from NMSSA President

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To our members and supporters, thank you for standing with us this legislative session. We knew that there would be an assault on our right to keep and bear arms going into this year, but the attacks we have seen this year are the worst we have seen in New Mexico. Anti-gun politicians continue to abuse their power by playing games with committee scheduling, by filing multiple versions of the same bill to make us fight each one, and by breaking the rules of floor debate to ram through their agenda. And those are just the tactics they use to push legislation that ignores criminals and targets regular, law-abiding New Mexicans. Two bills that focus on criminals, one that would increase the penalty for using a firearm in the commission of a crime and one that would increase the state penalty for a felon caught in possession of a firearm, haven’t even received a hearing in their first committee. It is clear that law-abiding gun owners, not the criminals who terrorize New Mexico with near impunity, are the target this legislative session.

We are at the half-way point of the session now; while this fight can be exhausting and time consuming, we need to push back even harder than we have before. But we also need more hard-working, honest New Mexicans to stand with us. Could you please forward this message onto your friends? Encourage them to get in this fight with us. Trying to make us feel helpless and give up has been the modus operandi of our opponents – but NMSSA will refuse to back down or give up.

Z. Fort

New Distinguished New Mexican Shooters

CMP Distinguished Rifleman Award

CMP Distinguished Rifleman Award

The CMP extends its congratulations to the following competitors for achieving this prestigious status!  The most recent shooters to earn Distinguished Badges are listed below.  To view the official list of all Distinguished shooters, visit
Junior Air Rifle Distinguished Badge
#1373    Genavive Currell, Rio Rancho, NM
#1374    Joab Gonzalez, Santa Fe, NM
#1376    Aryanna Holmes, Santa Fe, NM

Last Chance for Tickets – The NM Governor’s Special Hunt Auction & Banquet

NMDGF Auction Banquet

Ticket Sales End Thursday at Noon

Last Chance To Buy Your Tickets!

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has partnered with the New Mexico Wildlife Federation to host the 2019 Governor’s Special Hunt Auction and Banquet.

Once again, the department will auction over a dozen premier hunting and fishing packages to benefit the Game Protection Fund of New Mexico. The event starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Creative Arts Building at Expo New Mexico, on the State Fair Grounds at 300 San Pedro Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

Don’t miss your opportunity to bid on one of many spectacular hunts, including elk, ibex, oryx , mule deer, coues deer, pronghorn, turkey, upland game hunting and premier fishing excursions.

The Keynote Speaker this year is Ryan Callaghan, conservation director for MeatEater and a member of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, as well as a national board member. Ryan has been a passionate member of the outdoor community, growing up guiding hunting and fishing and playing in the West.

There will be many other items in the auction including raffles and games. Proceeds benefit the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. Tickets for the event are $500 for a reserved table for 10, $110 per couple and $60 for a single.

Seating is limited and tickets are going fast, so don’t delay!

Ryan Callaghan


Buy Your Tickets

Auction Flyer

2019 New Mexico Governor’s Special Hunt Auction & Banquet

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  • Opens 5 p.m. Saturday., Feb. 16.
  • Dinner served at 7 p.m.
  • Auction begins at 8 p.m.
  • Expo NM, Creative Arts Building
  • 300 San Pedro Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108


New Mexico Wildlife Federation

Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show this weekend in Albuquerque

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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

Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show this weekend in Albuquerque

Outdoor Adventure Show 2019

SANTA FE – The annual New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show opens at noon Friday, Feb.15 and continues through Sunday, Feb. 17, in the Manuel Lujan Building at the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque.

The event is bigger and better than ever with new exhibits and hands-on activities hosted by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

New this year will be a free ‘catch and release’ pond located in the red barn. Try your luck catching a tagged fish to win a prize sponsored by a vendor. At the start of each day’s show, the first 15 people to catch a tagged fish will win a prize from one of the shows vendors. There will also be prizes Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

Visitors can receive instruction on off-highway vehicles (OHV), fishing, archery and shooting. The event features hands-on demonstrations of the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. Boats, kayaks, OHVs, and RVs will be on display and conservation organizations, outfitters and guides will be on hand to answer questions.

The show opens to the public from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free to all licensed anglers, hunters and trappers. Youth younger than 18 get in free and everyone else pays just $3.

For more information, please visit the department website,

Students, schools claim titles at National Archery in the Schools State Tournament

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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


Students, schools claim titles at National Archery in the Schools State Tournament

NASP 2019 Tournament

ALBUQUERQUE – More than 800 archers competed at the eighth annual National Archery in the Schools (NASP) State Tournament Feb. 9 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

“We had 830 of New Mexico’s top archers compete toe-to-toe today,” said John Martsh, recruitment, retention, reactivation (R3) program manager for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “We really can’t say enough about the dedication and hard work the students, coaches and families invested in making this one of the best tournaments in the nation.”

Caillie Waters of the Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science at the University of New Mexico (AIMS@UNM) scored 266 out of a possible 300 points to take first place among female high school competitors. Josiah Romero-Millowa, also of AIMS@UNM, was the top male high school archer with a score of 276.

In the middle school division, Korvia Zuni, of Tony Hillerman Middle School, scored 279 out of 300 to lead the girls while Brandon Miller, of Camino Real Middle School, scored 277 as the boys’ front-runner.

In the elementary school division, Samar Mouri, of John Baker Elementary School, was the top girls’ top scorer at 249, edging out Amilia Lopez of Coronado Elementary School, also scoring 249, by shooting 10 bulls eyes during the competition. Benjamin Potters, of Clovis Christian School was the top boys’ top scorer at 266.

In team standings AIMS@UNM scored highest in the high school division with a score of 3121 out of a possible 3600 points while James Monroe Middle School won their division with a score of 3110. Clovis Christian school took first place in the elementary division with a top score of 2669.

The top 10 boy and girl scorers in each individual division qualify to participate in the NASP Western Nationals in Salt Lake City, Utah in April. For complete list of tournament results please visit

More than 100 public schools across New Mexico participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program and more join every year. Schools receive free training for instructors and the Department of Game and Fish provides 50 percent of the funding for each school to purchase archery equipment. It costs about $3,000 to outfit a school or organization with bows, targets, backstops and other equipment to get a program started. Many schools incorporate the program into existing physical education or after-school activities.

Federal funding through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service makes National Archery in the Schools Program possible. The Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937 dedicates federal excise taxes collected from manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and archery equipment to national wildlife restoration programs, which include hunter education, shooting and archery programs in addition to wildlife surveys, transplants, and the purchase and management of wildlife management areas.

For more information about the National Archery in the Schools Program and how your school can get involved, contact John Martsh, R3 program manager for the Department of Game and Fish at (505) 222-4719 or