Join the NRA Here and Save!

2021-22 NM Hunting Rules

Project Childsafe from the NSSF

Action Needed: Tell your Senators to vote NO on Chipman

Biden Gun Control Nominee for ATF Director Close to Being Confirmed

David Chipman — the gun control lobbyist nominated by President Biden to direct the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives — is up for a committee vote this Thursday.

David Chipman

While his nomination has been held over twice, anti-gun Senators are refusing to relent. So the committee vote on his nomination is now scheduled for June 24.

Chipman would bring not only antigun partisanship to a government organization directly responsible for regulating firearms but also a distinct lack of technical knowledge on the firearms he wants to ban (See Minute Man Moment Episode 24 for more information).

Should Chipman pass this vote, he will be headed to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote.

Time is of the essence!

GOA urges you to contact your senators and tell them exactly what you think of David Chipman: that he is nothing but a puppet for the anti-gunners who wants to criminalize your constitutionally protected rights, no matter that cost.

Even if you have already emailed your Senators, please do so again. We have several different messages and subject line combinations that will randomly be selected when you take action. So the chances are good that you will not send the same letter as before.

https://www.gunowners.org/action/?vvsrc=%2fCampaigns%2f85725%2fRespond

Thank you!

Additional opportunities to hunt big game in New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

Encouragement elk license sale begins July 14

New Mexico resident youth and senior hunters who applied and were unsuccessful in the 2021-2022 big-game draw are eligible to purchase one of nearly 1,900 antlerless elk licenses. The licenses will go on sale through the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s Online License System at 10 a.m. MDT July 14.

The sale is designed to encourage unsuccessful youth and senior draw applicants and includes almost 1,500 licenses for any legal sporting arm and 390 licenses for muzzleloader, crossbow or bow.

Licenses will be sold online only on a first-come, first-served basis. To purchase a license, customers will need to log in to their Online License System account.

Eligibility and requirements:

  • For the first 14 days, the sale is open only to resident youth who have applied in the current license year for one or more draw hunts for deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, Barbary sheep, oryx or ibex and were not successful for any hunt.
    • Must have a valid Hunter Education certification.
    • Must be 17 years of age or younger on the opening day of hunt.
  • Beginning at 10 a.m. MDT, July 28, the sale will open to all resident seniors, 65 years of age or older, who applied in the current license year for one or more draw hunts for deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, Barbary sheep, oryx or ibex and were not successful for any hunt.
  • Nonresidents and youth and/or senior applicants who were successful for another species are not eligible for these hunts.
  • Hunters must have a current annual Game Hunting or Game Hunting and Fishing License with a Habitat Management and Access Validation and Habitat Stamp prior to purchasing an elk license. Customers without these items will be directed to purchase one before continuing to the encouragement sale.

All purchases will be audited to verify the customer’s eligibility.

Hunters planning to purchase an encouragement license must have completed all mandatory 2020-2021 harvest reporting requirements or their purchase will be rejected in the post-sale audit. The license fee, but not the application fee, will be refunded for rejected purchases. After eligibility is verified – usually within a few days – the license will be available to print from any computer by logging in to your account and selecting “My Purchases” in the main menu.

Following the successful purchase of an encouragement license, the license/tag will be mailed to the hunter, unless the e-tag option is selected. Complete information about the new tagging requirements is available on the Department website and in the Hunting Rules and Information booklet.

Encouragement licenses will not be sold over the phone. For the list of available hunts please see pages 81 and 82 of the 2021-2022 Hunting Rules and Information Booklet available online or at license vendors.

Tell the Senate to Stop the Biden-Chipman Gun Grab!

We have already told you about David Chipman, the virulent anti-gunner who Joe Biden has nominated to run the ATF.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to have a vote on him this Thursday.

And that’s why I need you to contact your Senators once again — even if they are not on that committee.

It is important that Senators hear a groundswell of opposition forming against this horrific candidate.

So please Take Action and email your Senators today!

With the Senate filibuster still in place, Joe Biden has ONLY one route remaining by which he can go after your guns.

And that is getting a malicious gun-hater like Chipman to head the ATF.

If the Senate were to confirm Chipman, that would open the door for the agency to ban AR-15’s by fiat.

Even former ATF Director Michael Sullivan thinks that Chipman should be disqualified.

In an OpEd published on Fox News, Sullivan wrote:

His partisan advocacy is his right as a private citizen, but engaging in his specific advocacy means his ability to objectively carry out the constitutional and legal responsibilities of the ATF, and effectively lead the more than 5,000 men and women who serve there, will be questioned both within and outside of ATF.

Mr. Sullivan also wrote: 

Moreover, it has been reported that he mocked those who recently became new gun owners and?advocated?for the forceful closure of fully legal gun stores during the early days of the pandemic, despite their classification as ‘essential’ under Department of Homeland Security’s Essential Industries list.

Mr. Sullivan concluded by writing: ?

Policy debates around firearms should be left to the lawmakers in Congress, not to agency leaders.?If a nominee wants to craft firearm policy, there’s a mechanism to do that: run for office, and let the voters decide. The American public, and ATF, need a leader who is focused on mission, not policy debates.

When a former ATF Director so forcefully opposes Chipman, you can be sure that Chipman’s confirmation as ATF Director would not just be a “slippery slope” for gun rights. It would be a straight nose-dive into tyranny.

Please Take Action and click here to email your Senators ASAP.

Thank you!

In Liberty,

Erich Pratt
Senior Vice President
Follow me on Twitter: @erichmpratt

The ATF Needs to Hear From You

Right now, there are two proposed regulations from the ATF that have been drafted and are open to public comment before they go into effect. The ATF needs to hear from you on these rules because they need to know that gun owners care about these issues and will not be quiet. The position NMSSA has taken on both of these proposed regulations is to OPPOSE them. The links to leave a comment for each proposed rule are included in the descriptions.

First, the ATF has proposed a rule to redefine what is a firearm receiver. This would change the definition of a firearm receiver and expand the category of what the ATF can regulate as a “completed firearm.” This would infringe on your ability to make your own firearms at home if you choose to do so.

Second, the ATF has proposed a rule that would redefine some firearms with stabilizing braces as short-barreled rifles. A firearm owner with a stabilizing brace considered to be a short-barreled rifle under the new rule would have to register their firearm with the ATF under the NFA or risk being charged with a felony.

Even if you don’t manufacture your own firearms at home or own a firearm with a stabilizing brace, you should care about what the ATF is proposing because they are directly seeking to greatly expand their authority and rule making capabilities. Further, these proposed rules are just the start what the ATF will try to do under the Biden administration.

Zac Fort

President

NMSSA

Rocky Mountain Gun Show Cancellation

 

We received more information on the May show cancellation.

“Unfortunately we had to cancel our event in Albuquerque, New Mexico as the center has become a vaccination site. We are hopeful that our event in November will not be cancelled and are looking forward to coming back to the Albuquerque area.”

There is still an expected July 24-25 and November 20-21 show.

Definition of “Frame or Receiver” and Identification of Firearms

For those who aren’t aware, there has been an ongoing problem with ARs and the definition of a firearm.  Since the first AR, the serialized lower receiver has been defined as the firearm, however the lower doesn’t fit the definition of a firearm.  This means the whole time the ATF has been improperly following their own rules.  As a result, many of those who assembled ARs or made and sold lowers and were taken to court won their battles due to the ATF’s own screwup.  Due to problems with definitions, i.e. bumpfire stocks, etc., the ATF has been asked to rethink the whole thing and basically start over.  They are in the process of doing that and you have been invited to respond to the potential new rules.

On May 7, 2021, the Attorney General signed ATF proposed rule 2021R-05, Definition of “Frame or Receiver” and Identification of Firearms. The goal of the proposed rule is to ensure the proper marking, recordkeeping, and traceability of all firearms manufactured, imported, acquired and disposed by federal firearms licensees.

Please note that this is the text of the proposed rule as signed by the Attorney General, but the official version of the proposed rule will be as it is published in the Federal Register.

DOWNLOAD THE NEW PROPOSED RULES

This proposed rule would:

  • Provide new definitions of “firearm frame or receiver” and “frame or receiver”
  • Amend the definition of:
    • “firearm” to clarify when a firearm parts kit is considered a “firearm,” and
    • “gunsmith” to clarify the meaning of that term and to explain that gunsmiths may be licensed solely to mark firearms for unlicensed persons.
  • Provide definitions for:
    • “complete weapon,”
    • “complete muffler or silencer device,”
    • “privately made firearm (PMF),” and
    • “readily” for purposes of clarity given advancements in firearms technology.
  • Provide a definition of “importer’s or manufacturer’s serial number”
  • Provide a deadline for marking firearms manufactured.
  • Clarify marking requirements for firearm mufflers and silencers.
  • Amend the format for records of manufacture/acquisition and disposition by manufacturers and importers.
  • Amend the time period records must be retained at the licensed premises.

READ THE FULL SUMMARY

Submit a Comment

ATF is receiving comments on the proposed rule for 90 days from the date the proposed rule is posted in the Federal Register.

You may submit comments by mail, fax or the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov.

Expect roadblocks statewide during hunting and fishing seasons

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish will conduct roadblocks throughout the state during hunting and fishing seasons to collect harvest data and to detect wildlife law violations.

The 2021-2022 hunting and fishing season begins April 1. All hunters and anglers are required to purchase a new license before hunting and fishing. Hunters and anglers can expect roadblocks throughout the spring and summer. Guides and outfitters are also reminded that new registration is required.

Youth turkey season begins April 9 and the general season begins April 15. For more information, please consult the Department’s Hunting Rules and Information booklet.

At roadblocks, conservation officers will check for compliance with the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Act. Drivers of vehicles hauling wood products will be asked to produce documentation as required by the Forest Conservation Act.

Department officers may be assisted by other law enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Police or county sheriff’s offices. As a result, the public may encounter minor delays.

Everyone is encouraged to report any wildlife crime or suspected crime they see while enjoying New Mexico’s great outdoors.

To report a wildlife crime, please call Operation Game Thief toll free at 1-800-432-GAME (4263). Callers can remain anonymous and earn rewards for information leading to charges being filed. Violations also can be reported online at Operation Game Thief.

New Distinguished Shooter

CMP Distinguished Rifleman Award

CMP Distinguished Rifleman Award

New Distinguished Shooters. The CMP extends its congratulations to the following competitor for achieving this prestigious status!

#1510  Andrew Schmidt, Albuquerque, NM

Robbie Roberts (11/30/1946 – 3/29/2021)

Dear Instructors and Friends,

I am deeply saddened to share the news that the hunter education family has lost another amazing member. I was notified this morning that Robert “Robbie” Roberts passed away yesterday morning. Robbie was an Instructor in Raton and worked at the NRA Whittington Center for 20 years. Previously he managed the shooting range in La Luz, NM.

As many of you may know, Robbie was an avid shooter and dedicated his life to teaching others the many skills of safe and responsible shooting and hunting. Robbie became a certified Hunter Education Instructor in 2000 and was most involved in teaching courses during the Adventure Camp Sessions offered at the NRA Whittington Center.

Robbie played an integral role in the shooting community not only in hunter education, but with the youth shooting sports program and as well in his local communities and nationally. The shooting community has lost a great man.

Please keep his wife Doris, his family, friends, and the NRA Whittington Center in your thoughts.

(Editor’s Note:  I took two classes from Robbie at the NRA Whittington center.  Sorry to see him go)

Upcoming Special Legislative Session

New Mexico Shooting Sports Association - NRA Sanction Organization

If you haven’t heard yet, the New Mexico Legislature will be back for a special session starting March 30th. At this time, the declared agenda is legalizing recreational marijuana and and an economic development bill. The NMSSA team will be closely following the session and we will let you know if anything pertaining to our right to keep and bear arms surfaces.

During the past legislative session, on many occasions, people who are subscribed to our updates reached out to me on the status of other items that are not gun related. While I am happy to help as I have time, there are a lot of other good organizations out there lobbying on issues not related to guns. At NMSSA, we have a strict policy of never giving out information on our members or email subscribers to any third party. Working with New Mexico Business Coalition, who has helped us lobby on gun and public safety issues, we put together an optional survey for folks who want to get more involved in other issues. Here is the link to the survey. The survey is optional and they will only receive your information if you volunteer it to them.