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NMSSA Legislative Update: February 17th

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At today’s meeting of the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee, SB224, the proposed “firearm storage” bill was rolled back until Friday. The bill would be more aptly named the “Burglar Protection Act” as it could make it harder to access your firearms in an emergency situation. The bill would also criminalize teaching your child how to shoot or hunt with a firearm unless they were 12 or older and had previously completed a formal class. You can sign up here to submit comment to the committee, or you can contact members of he committee individually listed below.

Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino – (D)  (505) 397-8839 jortizyp@msn.com

Senator Bill Tallman – (D) (505) 397-8854 bill.tallman@nmlegis.gov

Senator Gregg Schmedes – (R) (505) 986-4395gregg.schmedes@nmlegis.gov

Senator David M. Gallegos – (R) (505) 986-4278 david.rsi@hotmail.com

Senator Stuart Ingle – (R)  (505) 986-4702 stuart.ingle@nmlegis.gov

Senator Brenda G. McKenna – (D)  (505) 397-8834 brenda.mckenna@nmlegis.gov

Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez – (D) (505) 397-8847 a.sedillolopez@nmlegis.gov

Senator Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics – (D) (505) 397-8851 lstefanics@msn.com

HB279, which would exempt gun stores and firearm training instructors from future emergency health orders, will be heard in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee on Tuesday February 23rd. You can testify before the committee by going to their page here and clicking on “Please click this link for public comment for HCPAC” before the meeting starts at 1:30pm. Below is the contact info for members of that committee.

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

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

Brittney Barreras (D)  BRITTNEYFORNEWMEXICO@GMAIL.COM (email listed on the legislature’s website) (505) 986-4248

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

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

I recently sat down with Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation on their podcast to talk about the 2021 legislative session. You can check out my interview here for a more in-depth conversation on the bills we are facing this year.

Zac Fort

Rocky Mountain Gun Show Show Cancelled

Our Albuquerque, New Mexico show on May 22-23 has been CANCELLED.

Kind Regards
RMGS Team

Silver Spur Gun Shows Video Indicating No Foreseeable Return to New Mexico

NMSSA Weekend Legislative Update

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We are quickly approaching the half-way point of the 2021 Legislative Session, which means the work is just getting started and the pace will soon quicken. Days after HB166, the proposed ban on home-made firearms, was passed by the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee, the committee substitution bill was finally released to the public. It’s still a terrible bill. While the penalties for a hobbyist making their own firearm have been reduced to a misdemeanor from a felony, the bill still targets those who wish to exercise their freedoms and turns a blind-eye to the criminal class. It’s worth noting that there are zero bills aimed at reducing New Mexico’s nation leading property crime rates – one of the main sources of firearms for criminals. So just like the past two sessions, vindictive, money-chasing politicians are focusing their attacks on the rights of ordinary folks and ignoring the real issues that plague our state. HB166 is now headed to the House Judiciary Committee, we will let you know when it will be heard there.

Another bill you should be aware of is HB279 from Representatives Lord, Black, Rehm, Montoya, and Townsend. The bill would formally codify that gun stores and firearms training are “essential” businesses and activities and exempt them from any current or future government-mandated “non-essential” business closures. We took the governor to court last spring over her health order to force her to modify her order to exempt gun stores. This bill would codify that gun stores and firearms training are exempt from closure in current and future orders. The bill is currently in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.

NMSSA Legislative Alert: It’s Back, They Want to Make the Gun Confiscation Law Worse

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The rumors are correct, two of the authors of the original red-flag, gun confiscation law, Representatives Ely and Garratt are back with proposed amendments to the bill – to make it even worse. Frustrated that the initial law has hardly been used – which has frustrated our efforts to bring a lawsuit against the law – Ely and Garratt want to make it easier to take away your rights.

HB193, an amendment to the red-flag, “extreme-risk,” gun confiscation law would allow a police officer to request the order directly. Keep in mind that no crime has to be committed, or alleged to have been committed, for the order to be issued. The order would allow the police officer to search the home of the defendant and seize any firearms the officer finds.

The red-flag gun confiscation order has been a failure, as has every gun-control law passed in New Mexico. No one has been made safer, we only have fewer rights to show for it. Rather than making a bad thing worse, we need to repeal the red-flag law to protect New Mexicans civil liberties.

The bill has been assigned to the House Consumer and Public Affairs and House Judiciary Committees. It should also be noted that HB166, the proposed ban on self-made firearms, is also currently sitting in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee. Below is the contact information for members of the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee..

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

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

Brittney Barreras (D)  BRITTNEYFORNEWMEXICO@GMAIL.COM (email listed on the legislature’s website) (505) 986-4248

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

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

As always, we ask that you remain respectful when contacting our state legislators. There is no evidence this law has made anyone safer, we only have fewer rights to show for it.

Zac Fort

Urgent Alert: Ban on Self-Made Firearms Proposed in NM

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In just-filed 2021 HB166, Representative Lujan from Santa Fe wants to make it a felony in New Mexico to manufacture or possess a firearm made from an unfinished receiver, a firearm made at home in any fashion, or a firearm that includes any components manufactured on a 3D printer not owned by a FFL. This would include firearms made from an 80% lower receiver.

If you already own such a firearm, this bill would make you a felon for doing so. If any component of any firearm you own was manufactured on a 3D printer, this bill would make you a felon. The bill would even make it a felony to provide code for making a firearm component on a 3D printer to anyone in New Mexico.

We are opposed to this legislation and will keep you updated on its progress.

Are you planning to apply for the 2021 – 2022 big game draw?

Whether you have applied for years or are ready to apply for the first time, here are some thing you need to know.

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Rules and Information Booklet

Information about rules, seasons, fees and more is available in the 2021-2022 Hunting Rules & Information booklet online now and will be available in print soon. Hunters are encouraged to review season dates, application deadlines and other information before applying for licenses or going afield.

The application deadline for bear and turkey permits is 5 p.m. Feb. 10.

The deadline to file your harvest report without a late fee is Feb. 15.

The application deadline for big-game licenses is 5 p.m. March 17.

Apply online. 

February 13-14 Rocky Mountain Gun Show Cancelled

We wanted to reach out to let everyone know our show on February 13-14 in Albuquerque, NM at the Expo New Mexico, has unfortunately been cancelled. We want to continue to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding as we work through these hard times. We hope this year will start to look up for everyone and look forward to being back in New Mexico.

Cougar hunting zone B is closed

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

Attention New Mexico cougar hunters:

Cougar hunting zone B is closed effective Dec. 18, 2020, as the harvest limit has been reached. Please refer to the chart below for the most current harvest reports and zone status. 

Bear: All zones are closed.

Please remember: Before hunting, hunters must verify the zone is open by checking the Department website or calling the Bear and Cougar Zone Closure and Harvest Hotline, (877) 950-5466.

Bear zone hunting closure update — Statewide

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

New Mexico Department of Game & Fish Game & Fish News

Attention New Mexico bear hunters:

Bear hunting is closed statewide, effective Nov. 30, 2020.

Cougar: All zones are open.

Please remember: Before hunting bears or cougars, hunters must verify the zone is open by checking the Department’s website or calling the Bear and Cougar Zone Closure and Harvest Hotline, (877) 950-5466.