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Magazine ban being pushed in NM House

Possession of Certain Magazines = Felony

The Anti-Gun Left is at it again! New Mexico HB 156 is an overt attack on your Second Amendment rights. Radical Leftist Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballer is attempting to take possession of any magazine, which holds more than 15 cartridges, a felony.

Anyone who is convicted of a felony forfeits their right to keep and bear arms in all 50 states! This HB 156 not only criminalizes the possession but also bans the manufacture, sale, transfer, or gifting of any magazine that has a capacity in excess of 15 rounds.

Since criminals, by their very nature, ignore the laws, HB 156 is a direct attack on the law-abiding people of New Mexico.

Tomorrow, February 1, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee will conduct a public hearing on HB 156.  Time is of the essence, so please contact the Committee members and urge them to reject HB 156. At the bottom of this email, there is a pre-written message to send to your representative. 

  • Joanne J. Ferrary Chair- (D) joanne.ferrary@nmlegis.gov (575) 649-1231
  • Andrea Romero Vice Chair – (D)  andrea@andrearomero.com(505) 490-6155
  • Stefani Lord – ( R ) stefani.lord@nmlegis.gov (505) 986-4453
  • Randall T. Pettigrew –  ( R ) randall.pettigrew@nmlegis.gov  (505) 986-4467
  • Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson – (D) liz.thomson@nmlegis.gov  (505) 986-4415

Please urge the Committee Members to oppose HB 156 ASAP.

In Liberty,

Monte Bowen
Pacific Regional Director
Gun Owners of America

P.S. Please distribute this alert to your pro-gun family and friends and urge them to Take Action.

 

PRE-WRITTEN EMAIL TO LEGISLATORS:

Dear Legislator,

As a resident of New Mexico and a supporter of Gun Owners of America, I urge you to oppose HB 156.  There is no demonstrated problem that HB 156 will solve.  HB 156 will make law-abiding residents of New Mexico instant felons if they choose to continue to possess the property that they lawfully acquired.

There are many reasons why law-abiding citizens should never have their self-defense capabilities limited. There are very tragic stories that demonstrate what happens when homeowners run out of ammunition because they were facing multiple attackers. To be sure, criminals will not adhere to any law that limits magazine capacity, so doing so will only put citizens in grave danger.

Please oppose HB 156.  Gun Owners of America will keep me informed about your vote.

Thank you!

ATF to Start Confiscating Triggers!

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is coming after certain aftermarket triggers starting now, according to leaked emails from the agency obtained by Gun Owners of America.

Specifically, ATF agents are going to start confiscating Rare Breed’s Forced Reset Triggers (FRTs) and BDU’s Wide Open Triggers on the grounds that they are unregistered “machine guns” in violation of the Hughes Amendment.

“Please be prepared to take possession of any documents and FRTs the manufacturer, distributor or retailer offers to surrender.  They may choose to abandon the items in which case give them a forfeiture of property notice,” states one of the leaked emails, per GOAs alert (see video above).

“If the manufacturer/seller refuses to abandon the items, please take custody of the items, and seize them for forfeiture so that they can be properly noticed,” it continues.

GOA also notes that in the correspondences ATF refers to those in possession of FRTs as “defendants,” suggesting that they’ve already committed a crime.

Per federal law, possession of an unregistered “machine gun” is a felony offense that carries with it a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine not to exceed $250,000.

“With its new reckless interpretation that FRTs are machine guns, ATF is playing games with your life,” said Phil Reboli, senior policy advisor for GOA.

Rare Breed’s FRT-15 works mostly like a normal AR-style cassette-type trigger pack. It’s a drop-in assembly with one extra function: after a round is fired and the bolt cycles, it cocks the hammer and at the same time, resets the trigger, as GunsAmerica previously reported.

That’s how the FRT-15 gives shooters the ability to repeatedly pull the trigger quickly, similar to how practice with a light trigger can also be used to shoot rapid strings of fire. According to the law, a machine gun isn’t a gun that can be fired quickly, it’s a gun that fires more than one shot per pull of the trigger.

However, last Summer, ATF’s Technology Division departed from the conventional interpretation and classified FRTs as “machine guns.”  Now, any manufacturer, distributor, retailer or consumer in possession of an FRT is a target of the agency.

For those who think a run-in with the agency can’t happen to them, they ought to consider the story of Sacramento fire captain Derik Oakes.

In 2019, ATF got wind that he was in possession of an “80% Glock Auto Switch” and came knocking on his door.  Though Oakes obtained the device prior to the ATF’s 2018 determination on its illegality, it didn’t matter.  Oakes, who is by all accounts a standup citizen, was still put through the wringer.

Oakes was charged with multiple felonies and his firearms were abruptly confiscated.  Last we spoke, he was still fighting the charges in court.

“You think you’re doing the right thing, and you’re not,” Oakes said in a 2021 interview with GunsAmerica. “The ATF can just change their mind on something, get a warrant, and come to your house.”

Stay tuned for updates.

Please join the GOA as the only non-compromise lobby in Washington.

 

 

New Mexico 15-Round Magazine Law – STOP IT NOW!

NMSSA Legislative Alert January 26, 2022

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There are two legislative updates New Mexico gun owners need to be aware of and act on now. First, HB9, the mandatory storage bill was added to tomorrow’s House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee schedule at the last minute. The bill would impose fines and criminal penalties on a gun owner whose firearm is accessed by a minor without the owner’s consent. There are no exemptions for storing a firearm in a safe or by lock. Even if you are careful about how you store your firearms, you could still be charged with a crime in the bill. Further, anyone who is the parent of a child can attempt to enforce a $1,000 court fine for a minor accessing your firearms. We do not believe the bill has any public safety benefit, and our position to to OPPOSE the bill. Here is the link to testify before the committee tomorrow. The committee meeting will start at 1:30pm, and HB9 is the last bill on the agenda.

Second, today HB156 was filed today. It would make it a felony to posses a firearm magazine in New Mexico that holds more than 15 rounds. The bill’s author, Representative Caballero, added in an appropriation for the enforcement of the proposed law so the bill wouldn’t have to be called upon by the governor. That bill is also in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.

Both HB9 and HB156 are in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee, below is the contact information for the members of that committee. We urge you to reach out to the committee members and ask them to OPPOSE both bills.

Joanne Ferrary (D) joanne.ferrary@nmlegis.gov (505) 986-4844

Andrea Romero (D)  andrea@andrearomero.com (email listed on the legislature website) (505) 986-4243

Liz Thompson (D) liz.thomson@nmlegis.gov (505) 986-4425

Stefani Lord (R) stefani.lord@nmlegis.gov (505) 986-4453

Randall Pettigrew (R) randall.pettigrew@nmlegis.gov (505) 986-4467

Zac Fort

President

NMSSA

The 2022 Big Game Draw is OPEN!!!

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The 2022 Big Game Draw is open!

We are here to help you get ready!


Apply Here 2021
Draw Open

Frequently asked questions of the week

Q: Where can I get the Rules and Information Booklet?

A: It is best to download it directly off the website. Printed copies, in both English and Spanish, are available in limited quantities ONLY at Game and Fish offices across the state. Due to a national paper shortage, each person will be limited to a maximum of two copies and printed copies WILL NOT be available at vendors as they have in the past.  Click here to find the NMDGF office closest to you. 

Q: What is a game hunting license and why am I required to get one before I apply for the draw?

A: A game hunting license is valid for small game (migratory birds, upland game birds and squirrel) and is required by state law prior to purchasing or applying for a big game license (antelope, bear, cougar, Barbary sheep, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, ibex, javelina and oryx). Game hunting licenses and/or stamps purchased through the draw application are nonrefundable.

Q: If I am going to be applying for hunts for myself and two children, does each person have to have their own account?

A: Yes. Each person will need their own account. Also, if you have previously set up the accounts with the same email address, the reset my password feature will not work as the system can’t verify which account belongs to the password. It is best to try logging into your account and your children’s accounts soon to make sure they are updated before you apply for the draw. If you have a problem, you can call our office at 1-888-248-6866 and we will help you reset the password.

 

Application assistance is available virtually. You can email the Department’s Information Center or message us on FacebookInstagramTwitter or TikTok. You can also call our Information Center at (888) 248-6866.

NMSSA Legislative Update January 24, 2022

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We are about a week into the 2022 New Mexico Legislative Session and the politics in Santa Fe are already in full swing. This morning, the firearm owner liability bill, 2022 HB9, went through a procedural move where the House Rules and Order of Business Committee found that the bill was germane to the session based on the Governor’s Executive Message 3 on 2022 HB68. From here, the bill will go the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee. We will keep you posted on when that committee will hear the bill.

Speaking of 2022 HB68, that bill will be heard in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee tomorrow. The bill is a sort of “omnibus” crime bill, but lumped into it, there are new state-level restrictions regarding firearm possession in “school zones.” We are urging the sponsors to remove this language as it creates confusion and potential legal issues for gun owners.

These are the main two bills we are watching at the moment. If other bills that would impact your rights as a gun owner come up, we will get out an alert to you quickly.
Zac Fort
President
New Mexico Shooting Sports Association

(Please use our link to the NMSSA to learn more about them and join)

First Gun Control Bill of 2022 Filed

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We knew it was coming, but it’s finally been filed. The first gun-control bill of the 2022 New Mexico Legislative Session was just introduced this afternoon. HB9, “Unlawful Access to Firearm by Minor,” was filed by several Democrat legislators from Albuquerque. It is currently in the House Rules and Order of Business Committee while we wait to see if it is added to the “call” by the governor. Keep in mind that in a 30-day budgetary session a bill that is not related to the budget has to be called upon by the governor to be heard.

The bill creates criminal penalties for a gun owner if their firearm is accessed by a minor without the gun owners permission. Besides being unnecessary, as an adult can already be charged with a crime if they place a minor in a harmful situation through New Mexico’s child endangerment laws, the bill would make it easy to target gun owners through civil fines. In the bill, a petition for a civil fine of $1,000 can be brought against an offending gun owner by anyone who is the parent or guardian of a minor.

The data shows these types of laws don’t work to save lives. They can even make it harder to defend yourself in your own home. But this proposed law seeks to go even further by making someone afraid to own a gun through civil penalties that almost anyone can bring against them.

We will be keeping a careful eye on this bill. There will be no opportunity for public comment before the House Rules and Order of Business as the bill is only there until a determination is made on whether or not the bill will be added to the session agenda. Stay tuned to our alerts for the latest on what is happening in Santa Fe.

Zac Fort
President
New Mexico Shooting Sports Association

(Please use our link to the NMSSA to learn more about them and join)

DSCNM Trophy Bison Hunt

DSCNM has Sweetened the POT by adding a Trophy Bison Hunt to each of the Six drawings, Including the Bonus Drawing.

That’s right not only will the winner of each of the drawings get the safari listed; but will also receive in addition. A Trophy Bison Hunt In New Mexico. Details on the Bison Hunt can be found on the DSCNM Website. https://www.dscnewmexico.com/10-06-21-fall-raffle-bison

DSCNM would very much like to give the 5 safaris/Bison Hunts and the binoculars away in 2021. That’s 15 days to get the rest of the drawing tickets in your hands

DSCNM knows that the best value is the $500 package; it also gives the additional chance of winning the Binoculars and the bison hunt, listed in the package details.

Get you, friends and family, to pitch in a $100 and get a $500 package; this gives someone in your group the possibility of winning the Binoculars/ Bison Hunt

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY BEFORE THEY ARE ALL GONE

https://www.dscnewmexico.com/drawings

Here are the NEW drawings with the Bison Hunts added on.

DSCNM is Proud to Offer “A DREAM AFRICA SAFARI” Drawing Package

Up for Grabs

5 Dream Africa Safaris

#10-01-21 Trophy Sable Safari with Thormahlen & Cochran Safaris $10,000 Value

Plus one Trophy Bison Hunt for One Hunter in Northern New Mexico With Rancho De Chavez

$ 100 Donation per ticket Only 150 Tickets Available

 

#10-02-21 4 Hunter 4 Trophies Safari With Phillip Bronkhorst Safaris $20,000 Value

Plus one Trophy Bison Hunt for One Hunter in Northern New Mexico With Rancho De Chavez

$ 100 Donation per ticket Only 150 Tickets Available

#10-03-21 9 Day Nyala and Sable Bull Safari with Monkane Safaris $11,000 Value

Plus one Trophy Bison Hunt for One Hunter in Northern New Mexico With Rancho De Chavez

$ 100 Donation per ticket Only 150 Tickets Available

#10-04-21 7 Day South African Spiral Horn Safari with Jannie Otto $24,000 Value

Plus one Trophy Bison Hunt for One Hunter in Northern New Mexico With Rancho De Chavez

$ 150 Donation per ticket Only 150 Tickets Available

#10-05-21 Cape Bufflo Safari with JANNIE OTTO HUNTING SAFARIS $19,000 Value

Plus one Trophy Bison Hunt for One Hunter in Northern New Mexico With Rancho De Chavez

$ 150 Donation per ticket Only 200 Tickets Available

“Package Deal”

Gets ONE Ticket for Each of the Five Drawings a

$600 Value for $500

Plus FREE

Bonus Drawing Ticket:

For EVERY $500 package you get; you will receive one FREE Ticket into the

“Bonus Drawing”:

Winners Choice of Either a new Pair of Swarovski 10×42 EL Range Finder Binoculars,

OR a new Pair of Zeiss Victory RF 10×42 Rangefinding Binocular,

OR a new pair of Leica Geovid 10×42 HD-R 2700 Rangefinding Binocular.

Tickets Limited to those individuals that get a $500 package

“Bonus Drawing”:

Winners Choice of Either a new Pair of Swarovski 10×42 EL Range Finder Binoculars,

OR a new Pair of Zeiss Victory RF 10×42 Rangefinding Binocular,

 OR a new pair of Leica Geovid 10×42 HD-R 2700 Rangefinding Binocular.

A second drawing will be held for: one Trophy Bison Hunt for One Hunter in Northern New Mexico With Rancho De Chavez

That’s right a Trophy Bison Hunt has been added to the Bonus Drawing as well.

One Drawing will be held with a 1st & 2nd place winner.

1st place will get their choice of either the Binoculars or the Bison Hunt, the 2nd place winner will get the either the Binoculars or the Bison hunt that the 1st place winner did not chose. 

Only Individuals GETTING the $500 Package Deal are eligible for the Bonus Drawing

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Bonus Drawing Winners Choice of Binoculars and Bison Hunt will close once

the very first of any of the 5 drawings are sold out, and be drawn when all 5 of the drawings have been Sold out and Drawn

So don’t miss out!!!!

Check the dscnewmexico.com for regular updates on remaining tickets for each drawing and winner information. Watch your email inbox for updates as well.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!!!!!

Las Cruces Gun Show

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2022 Big Game Draw

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#HuntNM22 – All you need to know virtual series

Have you thought about applying for the 2022 big game draw? The Department will be hosting a series of live webinars, covering all that you need to know when applying.

We will meet virtually every week, sometimes multiple times a week, to discuss the draw, how to apply, options for hunter education and reading the draw odds report. We will also have our big game biologists on hand to answer questions.

All webinars will start at 6:30 p.m. MST.

Please register online (topics and links below) and send us your questions through email (tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us).

#HuntNM22 #CaceriaNM22

January 10 – Hunter Education, Volunteering and Mentored Youth – Youth under 18 years of age MUST take hunter education before going hunting, but hunter education is good for everyone. Join Jennifer Morgan, hunter education coordinator, to learn the ins and outs of hunter education. We will also talk about the Mentored Youth program and how you can become a hunter education instructor. Click here to register.

January 12 – It’s all about the rules! – In New Mexico, the Big Game Rules are set on a four-year cycle, determining the state’s hunt dates and harvest limits. 2022 is a big year for the Big Game Rules, and the Department will be opening nine of them. Elise Goldstein, assistant chief for wildlife, will join us to talk about how recommendations are made, the rule process and most importantly, how you can get involved. Click here to register.

January 19 – Getting started! – Are you ready to apply but don’t know where to start? Join Ross Morgan, public information officer, and learn about the process and ask questions to help you get started. Click here to register.

January 24 – Know the Law – Conservation Officer Ben Byrd will join us to talk about what you need to think about when hiring an outfitter, the most violated laws and how you can remain legal and proper use of an OHV in New Mexico. Click here to register.

January 26 – Meet the Bear Biologist – Rick Winslow, bear and cougar biologist, will be on hand to answer your questions about applying for the Bear Draw as well as over-the-counter opportunities. Click here to register.

February 2 – Meet the Turkey Biologist – Casey Cardinal, resident bird biologist, will be on hand to answer your questions about applying for the Turkey Draw as well as over-the-counter opportunities. Click here to register.

February 7 – Access is the Key! – Rex Martensen, private lands coordinator, will be on joining us to talk about land status in New Mexico and the programs the Department has to help access private lands. Click here to register.

February 9 – Meet the Elk Biologist – Travis Zaffarano, elk program manager, will be on hand to answer questions about applying for and hunting elk in New Mexico. Click here to register.

February 16 – Meet the Deer Biologist – Orrin Duvuvuei, deer program manager, will be on hand to answer questions about applying for and hunting deer in New Mexico. Click here to register.

February 21 – It’s in the reports! – The Draw Odds Report and the Harvest Reports can help you apply for a big game hunt. Join Kevin Rodden, SW area biologist, to learn how to read the reports and use them for your benefit. Click here to register.

February 23 – Meet the Pronghorn Biologist – Tony Opatz, pronghorn biologist, will be on hand to answer questions about applying for and hunting pronghorn in New Mexico. Click here to register.

March 2 – Meet the Bighorn Sheep Biologist – Caitlin Ruhl, bighorn sheep program manager, will be on hand to answer questions about applying for and hunting bighorn sheep in New Mexico. Click here to register.

March 9 – Meet the Biologist – Nicole Tatman, big game program manager, will be on hand to answer questions about applying for and hunting oryx, ibex and Barbary sheep in New Mexico. Click here to register.

March 14 – Last minute Q and A – March 16 deadline is just days away. We will address any last-minute things you should know or questions you might have. Click here to register.

Rocky Mountain Gun Show – Rio Rancho

We have added an event in Albuquerque, NM at the Rio Rancho Event Center which will be taking the date of March 12-13.

We thank you all for your continued support and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Happy Holidays,
RMGS Team