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Gun control resolution draws crowd to Las Cruces City Hall

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Las Cruces City Council is considering a proposed resolution that would support restrictions on the sale and possession of semi-automatic weapons in New Mexico.

The nonbinding measure requests that state lawmakers and the governor take action in the wake of a recent flurry of gun threats at schools.

The council chamber was packed Monday as the debate over the contentious proposal began.

Some protesters carried their guns openly as allowed under state law, but Mayor Ken Miyagishima said he wouldn’t allow anyone carrying a weapon to speak. Other residents spoke against the proposal, calling it an attack on their constitutional rights.

Last Wednesday, many Las Cruces students walked out of class to protest for gun reforms and to memorialize the students killed last month in a Florida school shooting.

Editor: More restrictive gun laws won’t reduce these problems. 1. Deal with the delinquents, reported threats, etc. 2. Why aren’t the parents who allow their underage children to have these guns being charged with complicity to commit a crime. I suspect most of these gun incidents were guns taken from their home, their parent’s guns. You never hear of the parents being arrested or thrown in jail.

Look at Chicago, NYC, Baltimore, etc…stiff gun laws, high death rates. Go after the criminals, go after the “me generation” kids who don’t know right from wrong!!

Disgust With Hollywood’s Antigun Activism Unifies Americans in Nationwide Poll

Disgust With Hollywood’s Antigun Activism Unifies Americans in Nationwide Poll
Based on the results of a Zogby Analytics poll released earlier this month, Second Amendment supporters may have a counter-intuitive message for virtue-signaling Hollywood heavyweights pledging their support for restrictive firearm laws: keep up the good work!  Gun control is gaining renewed social currency in some circles in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. tragedy. Hollywood, to no one’s surprise, has eagerly jumped on the bandwagon, with stars, starlets, and studio honchos displaying their usual self-importance and grasping desire for the spotlight.

Bloomberg Gun Control Shill Targets Sportman’s Warehouse for Selling a Bolt Action .22

Bloomberg Gun Control Shill Targets Sportman’s Warehouse for Selling a Bolt Action .22
On March 2, gun control über matron Shannon Watts issued a tweet taking the online retailer Sportsman’s Warehouse to task for making a certain firearm available to adults as young as 18. No doubt Watts hoped to shock her Twitter followers with the gun’s supposedly menacing appearance.   The rifle she depicted, however, was a Ruger bolt action .22 rimfire, a platform that has safely introduced untold numbers of preteens to the fundamentals of marksmanship and firearm safety, including through programs at summer camps, scouting organizations, and even some public schools.

No .22lr F-Class match Saturday

We will not have a .22 match this Saturday at the Albuquerque Shooting Park. I will be shooting in Phoenix. See you next month.
I have attached the program for the Western Wildcats, also in Phoenix, March 14-18. We will have a prize table. On March 10-11 there will be the Diamondback, also at Ben Avery in Phoenix



March 14, 15, 16, 17, & 18, 2018

Wednesday through Sunday

Hosted by the Desert Sharpshooters


RANGE LOCATION:  Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, on the west side of I-17, Exit #223 (Carefree Highway).


ELIGIBILITY:  NRA membership is no longer required.  Please note that a shooter must be a member of the NRA in order to establish a National Record.


WESTERN WILDCAT MEMBERSHIP:  All competitors must be Western Wildcat members in good standing. The annual dues are $5.00, which will be waived for all competitors.  For new members there is an additional, one-time initiation fee of $3.00.  Membership requirements do not apply to non-US citizen entrants residing outside the USA.


RULES:  NRA Rules will govern. The NRA Classification System will be used. The Wildcat Match has an Open/High Master Class – see note below. Unclassified shooters will compete in the Master Class.


CHALLENGES: Rule 16.1 It cost $1.00 to challenge your score, or another competitor’s score. The challenge period for the last match of the day will end at 9am on the following day – Friday and Saturday, and 8am on Sunday.  Challenges on Sunday will end 30 minutes after the final scores are posted.


MASTER SHOOTERS: Mark your entry card as HIGH MASTER if you are a Distinguished Smallbore Prone Rifleman, a supported athlete (e.g. USOTC or USAMU), or if you have fired five or more 1600s (or 1200 Scores). These shooters will compete for Open/High Master awards only.  All other Masters and those that have not indicated a classification will compete in the Master Class.


ADVANCE ENTRIES: All submitted entries should be accompanied by the appropriate entry fees and a printed entry form.  Checks will be deposited during the week of the Wildcat. Please make checks out to the Western Wildcat Club.  Mailed entries must be received no later than March 7th.


POST ENTRIES:  Entries received after March 7th may be accepted at the range, provided such entries do not require an additional relay.


SEND ENTRIES TO:  Nancy Tompkins, P.O. Box 11684, Prescott, AZ  86304


CANCELLATION: If a shooter cannot attend the competition after paying an advance entry, both his entry and registration fees will be returned, minus $5.00 for dues.  If you need to cancel, please email Nancy Tompkins at prior to the start of the competition.


NO REFUNDS FOR DROPOUTS!  Once you have fired your first shot, you are a competitor.


ENTRY LIMITS:  We are limited to 170 competitors. Walk-on entries may be accepted up to the capacity of the range, provided they do not require an additional relay.


TOURNAMENT RESULTS: This year’s results will be posted on the Arizona rifle shooting website located at:  This is being done to reduce postage costs.  Competitors and range staff, who request a complete paper result bulletin, will have them mailed to them.


REGISTRATION & FEES FOR ADULTS:  A package fee of $185.00 will cover all fired Matches, aggregates, Wildcat Sweatshirt Match, and Registration fees.  A package fee of $95.00 will cover any two-day matches, aggregates, Wildcat Sweatshirt Match and Registration fees.  Each competitor will receive a 2018 Wildcat T-Shirt and the BBQ dinner on Saturday night.


There is an incentive for bringing juniors to the WWC.  For each junior that a full-paying adult competitor brings to the WWC and they shoot all 4 days, that adult will receive $25 off their registration fee for each junior, up to 3 juniors.


REGISTRATION & FEES FOR JUNIORS AND COLLEGIATE SHOOTERS: Junior and Collegiate shooters may enter the individual or team competition, provided they meet the following eligibility: Junior – Comply with Rule 2.3

Intermediate Junior – Comply with Rule 2.31

Sub-Junior – Comply with Rule 2.32

Individuals who have National Guard, Reserve, or Active Duty status and receive support (as defined in Rule 2.2) may not compete as juniors.


Juniors and collegiate shooters may enter for a package fee of $60.00 ($63.00 for first-time juniors and collegiate shooters) for all 4 days.  If not firing all four days, they will pay $15.00 per day + $3.00 for first- time entry in their assigned classification. They will receive a Western Wildcats T-shirt and will only be eligible for special non-monetary awards. Tyro juniors (Marksman, Sharpshooter or Unclassified), that is, a person entering their first match and shooting Iron Sights only may also enter the 4-day aggregate for $63.00.  They will compete only within the Tyro group. Juniors and collegiate shooters wishing to be eligible for regular match awards may do so by paying the full entry fee. The highest scoring junior and collegiate shooter (in any class, category or group) in Match # 25 will be eligible to win a sweatshirt, if there are a minimum of 3 in the category. All juniors and collegiate shooters will receive 250 rounds of good quality match ammunition on each day they shoot.  Ammo will be drawn each day at the center of the firing line.  Please don’t take ammo if you are shooting your own.


REGISTRATION & FEES FOR ANY SIGHT COMPETITORS: There is a separate class for Scope Only for the entire championship. Separate awards will be given if there are 5 or more competitors. Mark your entry card appropriately!


F-CLASS SHOOTERS: There is an F-Class division within the Western Wildcats 6400 Championships. Current NRA F-Class rules will apply in regards to equipment.  Awards will be given if there are 5 or more competitors in a class, if not the classes will be combined.  F-Class shooters will use NRA metric targets (listed below).  F-Class will have its own award pool and a trophy will be awarded to the F-Class Western Wildcat Champion.  F-Class shooters are not part of the Regional Championships.


TEAM MATCH FEES:  $10.00 per competitor per match.


TARGET CLIPS:  Competitors must provide their own target clips.


TARGETS:  The targets for conventional prone are: A-23 (50 yards), A-25 (100 yards), and A-26 (50 Meters).  The F-Class targets are:  A-50 (50 Meters) and A-33 (100 meters reduced to 100 yards).


PRACTICE: The range will be open for practice on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 14th-15th. On Wednesday, practice will occur on available firing points after the team matches are squadded. There will be a range fee of $10.00 per day for practice. Juniors practice for free.





RANGE SET-UP:  Friday, March 9th.  Please show up at 9 am to help get the range ready for the matches if you are available.  Practice will be available to those who help, after range set-up is complete at no cost. Desert Sharpshooters is hosting a Metric Prone Regional on Saturday March 10th & Sunday March 11th.


SQUADDING:  Shooters will be given one firing point from which they will fire the entire championship.

We will not be moving firing points once the championship has started.





Pickup teams are permitted. Team time will be used.

Match   #26: Dewar Course, Iron Sights. 10:00 AM

#27: Reverse Dewar Course, Any Sights. 1:00 PM



Match   #  1: Dewar Course

#  2: 40 shots, 100 yards

#  3: 40 shots, 50 meters

#  4: 40 shots, 50 yards

#  5: Thursday Iron Sight Aggregate


#28: Made in America (Individual match. Not part of the championship agg.)



Match   # 6: Dewar Course

#  7: 40 shots, 100 yards

#  8: 40 shots, 50 meters

#  9: 40 shots, 50 yards

#10: Friday Any Sight Aggregate

#21: Thursday/Friday 3200 Aggregate



Match   #11: Dewar Course

#12: 40 shots, 100 yards

#13: 40 shots, 50 meters

#14: 40 shots, 50 yards

#15: Saturday Iron Sight Aggregate

#23: Wildcat Iron Sight 3200 Championship


*8:00 AM* SUNDAY, MARCH 18-ANY SIGHTS  (Note early start!)

Match   #16: Dewar Course

#17: 40 shots, 100 yards

#18: 40 shots, 50 meters

#19: 40 shots, 50 yards

#20: Sunday Any Sight Aggregate

#22: Saturday/Sunday 3200 Aggregate

#24: Wildcat Any Sight 3200 Championship



SWEATSHIRT MATCH: Wildcat sweatshirts will be awarded as follows: Winner and 1st in Class in the 1600, 3200 & 6400 aggregates, and anyone firing a 1600 or 3200 and winner in the category awards.  There is a limit of one sweatshirt per competitor.


AWARD CATEGORIES – Match 25:  There must be at leave five competitors in a category for an award:


Senior (Age 60 to 69)

Grand Senior (Age 70+)


Any Sight

Collegiate Rule 2.8

Junior Rule 2.3

Intermediate Junior Rule 2.3.1

Sub-Junior Rule 2.3.2

Tyro junior (juniors entering their first match and shooting iron sights only).


The top three overall winners in Match #25 will be removed from the category awards.  A competitor may win only one category award.  Open awards are given first and then the category awards as listed above.


Cash and/or merchandise will be awarded in each of the individual matches in lieu of NRA award points.


REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS:  This championship is an NRA Regional Championship. Medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall will be awarded. The top 10% of competitors based upon aggregate scores may earn a leg towards NRA Distinguished Prone Rifle.



A category and class must have at least 5 entries or they will be combined with the next higher class.  One Class award will be provided for every 5 entries within the High Master (Open), Master, Expert, Sharpshooter, and Marksman Classes.  The Statistical Officer may combine classes after determining the number of competitors actually firing in a match.  50% of the entry fees, after expenses, will be awarded as cash prizes. The remainder of the money goes to range fees, NRA fees, staff, targets, sweatshirts, T-Shirts, building rentals, Saturday night dinner, supplies, etc.


Juniors and collegiate shooters compete for non-monetary awards unless they pay adult entry fees.


A shooter may win only one award per match.  If he/she qualifies for more than one award, the larger award will be given and the lesser award will be passed down to the next eligible shooter. In the event of an unbreakable tie, the higher award will be given to BOTH shooters.


SPECIAL AWARDS in MATCH #25 –  The Overall winner will have their name inscribed on the 6400 Champion Henry Benson Memorial Trophy Plaque (Doan Trevor has made a new trophy).  NRA Regional Championship medals will be awarded as well to the top 3 competitors.


All category winners will receive a trophy.


TARGET CHANGING: Competitors will handle their own unfired targets and pull their own fired targets (as per the new rules at the 2012 National Matches). Handicapped shooters will be assisted by range personnel.


MISCELLANEOUS INFO:  The Ben Avery Shooting Facility has lots of room for camping. This includes tents to motor homes.  It is maintained by Arizona Game & Fish.  Many of the spaces have water as well as electric hook-ups. There is a charge for these facilities. Call (623)582-8313 for reservations. If you expect to arrive after range hours, be sure to call ahead for the combination number to open the electronic gate.


MOTELS:  This is the tourist and baseball season in Arizona so reservations should be made SEVERAL WEEKS in advance.  No matter where you stay, make sure that you never leave anything of importance in your car.  Auto theft and car break-ins are high in the Phoenix area.


ANNUAL MEETING:  The annual Wildcat meeting will be held at the range on Friday, March 16th after the day’s matches have been scored and posted.


SATURDAY COOKOUT:  For 2018, the event will be catered. There will be more information during the match. After the cookout, the sweatshirts for Thursday through Saturday’s matches will be presented and door prizes for cookout attendees will be awarded. Please bring door prizes to donate to the pool of prizes—shooting related or not.  Guests will be charged $15 to cover the catering cost.  JOIN THIS ANNUAL FUN GET TOGETHER!


Please give door prize donations to the Challenge Trailer during the week.  We ask that every competitor would donate something to add to the fun of the BBQ get together.


LUNCHES AND DRINKS:  Are not available at the range.  There is a water fountain outside of the Stat room.  There is a hot dog stand in operation behind the public shooting range on weekends.


NOTICE!  Glass containers are PROHIBITED within the grounds of Ben Avery Shooting Facility. This is mandated by the range management. Please bring your beverages in cans or plastic.


MADE IN AMERICA MATCH:  Following the match on Thursday, there will be a Special Any Sight Dewar Match held at the center of the firing line. Competitors must use firearms which have been manufactured in America. All ammo and other equipment need not be made in America. There is a $10.00 fee and awards will be given.


Western Wildcat Rifle Champions

Year       Winner                                                   Score__

1959       Forrest Kline                      3191-226

1960       Jim Hill                                  3191-228

1961       Bill Grater                            3196-249

1962       Herb Hollister                    6390-504

1963       George Stidworthy         6381-472

1964       Herb Hollister                    6383-487

1965       Herb Hollister                    6389-515

1966       Lones Wigger                     6377-497

1967     (Dual Champions*)

Tom Guerin*   (Civilian) 6391-496

Lones Wigger*(Service)                6389-537

1968       Herb Hollister                    6389-528

1969       Lones Wigger                     6394-536

1970       Margaret Murdock          6395-532

1971       Tom Guerin                        6378-496

1972       Tom Guerin                        6398-542

1973       Tom Whitaker                   6399-595

1974       Bob Mitchell                       6398-531

1975       Tom Whitaker                   6400-574

1976       Mary Stidworthy              6394-513

1977       Allan Knowles                    6382-513

1978       Tom Whitaker                   6398-531

1979       Lones Wigger                     6398-553

1980       Ernie Vande Zande          6396-552

1981       Mary Stidworthy              6387-504

1982       Ernie Vande Zande          6399-546

1983       Allan Knowles                    6390-534

1984       Allan Knowles                    6395-547

1985       Mary Sparling                    6396-557

1986      Allan Knowles                    6394-515

1987       Mary Sparling                    6398-567

1988       Mary Sparling                    6391-538

1989       Robbie Franker                 6395-493

1990       Ben Smith                           6391-530

1991       Lones Wigger                     6387-492

1992       Lones Wigger                     6397-526

1993       Steve Goff                          6397-515

1994       Billy Meek                           6395-546

1995       Billy Meek                           6386-498

1996       Allan Knowles                    6394-530

1997       Allan Knowles                    6394-522

1998       Lones Wigger                     6395-515

1999       Billy Meek                           6395-546

2000       Tony Leone                        6397-511

2001       Lones Wigger                     6398-530

2002       Billy Meek                           6386-497

2003       Billy Meek                           6385-493

2004       Matt Emmons                   6397-519

2005       Reya Kempley                   6391-519

2006       Steve Goff                          6389-507

2007       Tarl Kempley                      6371-459

2008       Matt Emmons                   5188-448

2009       Reya Kempley                   6397-553

2010       Tarl Kempley                      6391-516

2011       Reya Kempley                   6393-524

2012       Chris Abalo                         6398-543

2013       Eric Uptagrafft                   6391-548

2014      Michael McPhail              6398-545

2015      Eric Uptagrafft                 6397-567

2016      Matt Chezem                     6396-546

2017     Mark Del Cotto              6396-536

















Name__________________________________________________    NRA#______________________

(NRA Membership NOT required, except for setting a National Record)




City__________________________   State_______________________   Zip______________________


Phone#_____________________________    Date of Birth_____________________________________


E-mail Address – PLEASE PRINT legibly! ___________________________________________________


Class (Circle one):  *Open/High Master      Master         Expert        Sharpshooter       Marksman   


**F-class    **Scope Only (All 4 Days –  Please circle classification).


*High Master are Distinguished or a shooter that has fired five or more 1600 or 1200 scores.


Category (Circle all that apply):      Woman               Junior      Intermediate Junior      Sub-Junior

Senior      Grand Senior     Collegiate               Service


FEES:  (Please circle all that apply)

Adult Four Day Package & Juniors (*Monetary awards) …………….………………………… $185.00

Adult Two Day Package & Juniors * –  Thur., Fri., Sat., Sun.   (Circle two days) ……………          $ 95.00

Junior and Collegiate Total Package (No monetary awards) ……………………………………       $ 60.00

Junior & Collegiate Two-Day Package – Thur., Fri., Sat., Sun.  (Circle two days) ……………        $ 30.00

Tyro Package (See program for conditions).  ……………………………………………………..       $ 63.00

Two Day Tyro Package Thur. Fri. Sat. Sun. (Includes initiation fee) …………………………….      $ 33.00


Those NOT competing who wish to extend their Western Wildcats Rifle Club Membership…$ 5.00


Total Amount………………………………………………………………………………………$ _______


*Team fees ($20.00 per team), and Made in America Match ($10.00) will be collected at range.


*Practice fee $10 per day will be collected at range


T-Shirt (Men’s) Size – circle one:   Small     Medium     Large     X-Large     XX-Large     XXX-Large


Make check payable to Western Wildcats Rifle Club.  Print this completed form and mail to:

Nancy Tompkins, P.O. Box 11684, Prescott, AZ 86304


Tell Congress TODAY: Punishing Law-Abiding Gun Owners is Not the Answer

Tell Congress TODAY: Punishing Law-Abiding Gun Owners is Not the Answer

Even as the nation was grieving the terrible loss of life in Parkland, Fla., gun control activists were doing what they do best: exploiting tragedy to advance their political agenda. Gun control activists are pushing a message that you are to blame for the criminal violence that took place last week. They’re attempting to capitalize on this tragedy to convince members of Congress to vote for their gun control wish list.

Proposals to ban the most popular rifles in America, arbitrarily limit magazine capacity, require a waiting period on all firearm sales, and restrict the right of law-abiding young adults to acquire rifles and shotguns have been suggested as “solutions” by those who wish to curtail the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Legislation encompassing these proposals could be voted on in the U.S. Congress in the coming weeks. That’s why it’s imperative that you contact your U.S. Senators and Congressional Representative today and ask them to oppose all gun control schemes that would only impact law-abiding gun owners.

Please tell them you, as a law-abiding gun owner, do not accept the blame for the criminal acts of a deranged individual. Please tell them your fundamental rights are non-negotiable. Most of all, please tell them not to trade real Second Amendment rights for the false promises of gun control. And finally, please tell them that you, and millions of fellow NRA members like you, will hold them accountable for their decisions at the ballot box. To identify and contact your legislators in Washington, D.C., you can use ourWrite Your Reps feature or you can reach your member of Congress by phone at 202-224-3121.

Yours in Freedom,

Lexy Higgins
Manager, Grassroots Programs & Campaign Field Operations


©2018 National Rifle Association of America, Institute For Legislative Action.

To contact NRA-ILA call 800-?392-?8683. Address: 11250 ?Waples? Mill ?Road ?Fairfax, Virginia ?22030.

Game Commission to meet March 1 in Las Cruces

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 


Game Commission to meet March 1 in Las Cruces

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Game Commission will meet Thursday, March 1, in Las Cruces to discuss potential hunting rule changes for turkeys, migratory game birds, bighorn sheep, javelinas and pronghorn antelope.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the San Rafael Ballroom at Hotel Encanto, 705 Telshor Blvd., in Las Cruces.

Other agenda items include:

  • An update on the development of shooting ranges in New Mexico.
  • An update on actions by the New Mexico Legislature affecting the department.
  • An update on the funds raised at this year’s Governor’s special Auction Banquet.

The full agenda and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website. Details of proposed rules and opportunities to comment about them also are available on the website,

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 Chairman Paul Kienzle, Vice-chairman Bill Montoya, Thomas “Dickie” Salopek, Ralph Ramos, Bob Ricklefs, Elizabeth Ryan and Craig Peterson.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of 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 Chris Chadwick, (505) 476-8011. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms. Game Commission meetings are video recorded and can be seen at

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: Martin Perea: (505) 476-8019


Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show
this weekend in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE – The annual New Mexico Outdoor Adventures Hunting and Fishing Show will be Friday-Sunday, Feb.16-18 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.

This year, the show will feature an Outdoor Skills Room where visitors can receive instruction in fishing, game calling, outdoor survival techniques, archery, pellet gun shooting and an off-highway vehicle simulator. The latest equipment for hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation will be on display. New models of recreational vehicles, boats and off-highway vehicles will be available for viewing. Outfitters, guides, taxidermists and local vendors will offer their products and services, and conservation organizations will be on hand to answer questions.

Admission is free to all licensed anglers, hunters and trappers. Youths younger than18 get in free and everyone else pays just $3.

The event will be Feb.16-18 in the Manuel Lujan Building at Expo New Mexico on the state fairgrounds in Albuquerque. The show opens to the public from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, please visit the department website,

House Passes Reciprocity as Christmas Gift to Gun Owners

House Passes Reciprocity as Christmas Gift to Gun Owners

Christmas came early last year for supporters of the Second Amendment, as the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 38 (H.R. 38), the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, on Dec. 6. National Right-to-Carry reciprocity has long been the NRA’s top legislative priority. H.R. 38 is by far the strongest, most comprehensive version of this legislation we’ve seen to date. Its movement through the House was an historic development in Congress’ protection of our right to keep and bear arms. 

Needless to say, it has also provoked a massive response by anti-gun forces, who will say or do anything to stop it. National reciprocity is truly a worst-case scenario for them; if it becomes law, it will debunk once and for all the myth that the carrying of firearms by law-abiding Americans is incompatible with public safety.

Indeed, the steady march of Right-to-Carry laws across the American landscape has refuted this premise already. Opponents of the bill are simply on the wrong side of history.

At every step in the development of concealed carry, we’ve heard predictions of “blood in the streets” and “a return to the Wild West.” But the 30-year movement to liberalize concealed-carry laws has continued because these outcomes have not materialized.

By any measure, America’s experience with the carrying of concealed handguns in public has been a success. Every state now has a legal process for issuing concealed-carry licenses, with nearly 17 million licensees nationwide. Untold thousands more can lawfully carry concealed in 12 states without a license.

The nationwide violent crime rate remains at an historic low, and licensed concealed carriers have proven to be among the most law-abiding people in the United States. In a 2013 survey of verified law enforcement officers by the website Police One, 91 percent of respondents supported the concealed carry of firearms by competent, law-abiding civilians. Late last year, 24 attorneys general in the U.S.—each state’s highest-ranking law enforcement official—signed onto a letter urging passage of national reciprocity legislation.

This is because innocent lives have been saved by those who lawfully carry firearms. As much as the anti-gun opposition denies this, and as much as they dismiss these individuals as “statistically insignificant,” real people with families and loved ones are alive today because of these laws. This has been proven both anecdotally and statistically time and again.

If the anti-gunners applied the same rule they apply to gun control, the “if it saves just one life” test, they would have no choice not only to support concealed-carry reciprocity, but to insist upon it.

Indeed, most arguments against national reciprocity can proceed only by outright falsehoods or by endless and increasingly convoluted double standards.

It would allow domestic abusers to carry firearms, opponents insist.

No, it would not. No federally prohibited person could carry under the bill, and those include anyone who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or who was subject to an outstanding domestic violence restraining order.

Opponents also claim national reciprocity would violate “states’ rights” and make states with low or no standards at all for concealed carry the de facto national standard.

This is the most ridiculous argument of them all, especially coming from those who recognize virtually no limit on federal authority to restrict the rights of gun owners, even if it disregards the policies adopted by the states themselves.

But when the same assertions of federal authority are trained in the other direction, to protect the civil right to keep and bear arms, we’re supposed to believe we’re suddenly facing a constitutional crisis.

Make no mistake, the protection of civil rights from state infringements is the essence of H.R. 38 and one of the federal government’s most important functions.

Contrary to what opponents of the bill claim, no one who supports concealed carry—least of all the states who administer the laws governing eligibility—wants dangerous people to have firearms. This is exactly why every state has disqualifications from obtaining a concealed-carry license for things like felony convictions. And even in those states that don’t require a license to carry concealed, certain categories of presumptively dangerous people are prohibited from possessing firearms at all.

And while gun control advocates can always suggest yet another category of people they’d like to see disqualified—usually for minor misdemeanors or extra-judicial determinations—it’s not these far-flung disqualifiers that separate the licensing regimes in pro- and anti-gun states.

How does this work in practice?

In places like Hawaii, Maryland, and New Jersey, it means basically no one gets a concealed-carry license at all.

In places like California or Massachusetts, it depends on whether your local licensing official is pro- or anti-gun.

And in places like New York City, it means the people who get licenses are the rich and famous—actors, bankers, media personalities, etc.—or, according to multiple corruption prosecutions, shady types who can hire “expediters” to bribe the licensing bureaucrats, disqualifying histories notwithstanding.

None of those systems is consistent with the idea of treating the bearing of arms as a fundamental civil right.

Nor is these states’ treatment of travelers who are otherwise lawfully carrying concealed. New York and New Jersey in particular are infamous for “making examples” of even the most innocent mistakes. In some cases, a broken taillight or un-signaled lane change is all it takes for an unwitting motorist to discover his or her out-of-state license will not be recognized.

Even those who readily volunteer their mistakes to the police are treated like dangerous criminals, their firearms seized, their vehicles impounded, and lengthy mandatory minimum prison sentences threatened by unforgiving prosecutors.

Recent cases have included decorated veterans, a single mother, a prison guard whose vehicle was hit by a drunk driver, a nurse and medical student, even a utility worker who had come to help restore power after a storm.

Indeed, those watching the markup of H.R. 38 in the House Judiciary Committee were treated to the bizarre spectacle of anti-gun committee members trying to explain why they opposed the concealed carrying of handguns even by active federal judges. The same jurists who are America’s final authority on the Constitution and U.S. law were portrayed as intolerable risks for senility, instability, domestic violence, and “abuse of dating partners.” Ranking member Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., even went so far as to suggest that police officers shouldn’t be trusted to carry concealed handguns across state lines.

What motivates their opposition to the law is not whether this or that concealed carrier has a certain level of training or sufficient indicators of reliability, but their desire to eliminate the carrying of arms for self-defense to the greatest extent possible. No safeguard would satisfy them. The rest of us, however, should applaud the members of Congress who voted for the most important piece of self-defense legislation since 1789. 

The bill that passed the full House also included the Fix nics Act of 2017. This measure reinforces the NRA’s consistent position that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System should be instant, accurate and fair.

To that end, the Act would add additional layers of transparency and accountability to the system and incentives for federal agencies and states to fully report disqualifying records. It would also create a new 60-day deadline for resolving appeals of erroneous denials, a process that currently can take over a year.

Fix nics would not create new classes of prohibited persons. It is focused on eliminating reporting gaps like the one that allowed the perpetrator of last November’s terrible murders in Texas to slip through the cracks.

The package that is now before the Senate is Congress’ strongest affirmation of the right to self-defense that I’ve seen. This is literally the opportunity of a lifetime.

That’s why I am urging every gun owner in America to reject the hysteria and misinformation surrounding these measures and to urge your senators to send them to President Trump for his promised signature.

If we stay focused and united, our greatest victory could well be at hand.

New Distinguished CMP Shooters

CMP Distinguished Rifleman Award

CMP Distinguished Rifleman Award

New Mexico Shooting Sports would like to congratulate the following New Mexicans on their worthy achievement:

Junior Air Rifle Distinguished Badge

#1214 Ashley Fried, Albuquerque, NM

#1219 Ian Brennan, Cedar Crest, NM

The NM Governor’s Special Hunt Auction & Banquet

NMDGF Auction Banquet

Only Two Weeks Left Before The Big Event.

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Matt Dunfee, Director of Special Programs for the Wildlife Management Institute and key strategist of the National Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation (R3) Action Plan, will join the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish at the Governor’s Special Hunt Auction and Banquet.

The department will be auctioning over a dozen premier hunting and fishing packages to benefit the Department of Game and Fish and the wildlife resources of New Mexico. There will also be many other items in the live auction, raffles giveaways and games with those proceeds benefiting the Dallas Safari Club New Mexico.

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

Ticket prices for this event are $500 for a Reserved Table for 10, $110 per couple and $60 for a single.

Seating is limited, so don’t delay!

Matt Dunfee


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2018 New Mexico Governor’s Special Hunt Auction & Banquet

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  • Opens 5 p.m. Saturday., Feb. 17.
  • 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