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New Mexico Lawmakers Adjourn Sine Die After Rejecting Bloomberg Gun Control Bills
As the legislative session gaveled to a close today, state lawmakers shut the lid on gun control bills pushed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and his national anti-gun groups. Out of state gun control organizations targeted New Mexico during the 2016 election cycle and in the early months of 2017, spending more than a quarter of a million dollars on state races and hiring a half-dozen lobbyists in a failed attempt to pass House Bill 50, Senate Bill 48 and House Bill 548 -- measures to criminalize firearm sales and transfers by private individuals.
The New Mexico Sheriffs' Association stood alongside gun owners and sportsmen in opposing these bills. In a statement, the sheriffs said, "These measures would make it harder for law-abiding New Mexicans to exercise their Second Amendment rights, waste scarce law enforcement resources, and do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals... this scheme would be unenforceable without creating a gun registry."
New Mexico agricultural groups also vigorously opposed the legislation, viewing it as an outside attack on rural values and the state's deep-rooted gun culture.
"The people of New Mexico have soundly rejected the gun control agenda of New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg. They sent a clear message to lawmakers in Santa Fe that freedom must be protected," said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. "This is a hard-earned grassroots victory for law-abiding citizens against Bloomberg's intrusive and unenforceable attempt to restrict their rights."
Thank you to all NRA members who attended hearings, made phone calls and sent emails in opposition to these bills throughout the session!
On Friday night, the House also rejected SB 337, which would have banned the open carrying of firearms at the Roundhouse, on a 31-35 vote.
Hunter Education Camp and Philmont Scout Ranch
The NM Department of Game and Fish is holding a special hunter education camp
at Philmont Scout Ranch. Press release follows:
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 13, 2017 :
Special hunter education camp offered at Philmont Scout Ranch
CIMARRON - The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special
hunter education camp where youths can receive hands-on training and earn
their hunter education certification.
The camp is open to youths ages 11 to 17 who are accompanied by a registered,
responsible adult. It will be conducted the weekend of April 28-30, 2017 at
the renowned Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron. Lodging and meals are free
and all equipment is provided. Registration opens March 27. Participants must
complete and return the registration form available at
by 5pm, April 7, to be
eligible. Slots will be filled on a first-come basis.
The department is hosting the camp in partnership with the Philmont Scout
Ranch and the Safari Club International Foundation.
Participants will learn safe and responsible firearms handling, ethical
hunting behaviors, conservation, wildlife identification and basic survival
skills. Participants also can test their marksmanship skills with .22 rifles,
shotguns, and bows and arrows on a range under the supervision of certified
hunter education instructors and department staff.
To qualify for the camp, youths must have a Customer Identification Number
account with the department, register with an adult and complete a homework
requirement before attending. To hunt legally in New Mexico, youth under 18
years of age must first successfully complete a hunter education course or be
registered in the department's Mentored-Youth Hunting Program.
For more information, please contact the department's Hunter Education Office
at 505-222-4731 or go online to
For simplicity and ease of updates, relatively frequent updates from this
year's long session of the Legislature can be found on our
Smallbore Regional Match August 27-28
Message from smallbore chair Ginger McLemore:
I just wanted to remind you that we will have the Smokey Bear Regional
Conventional Smallbore Rifle Prone Regional (3200) on Sat-Sun August 27-28,
2016 at the Capitan Range. Hope to see you all there.
Contact Ginger for more info.
Updated CMP certificate
The new CMP Certificate is available.
Remember, your membership in NMSSA, as a CMP affiliate, allows you to purchase
items from the CMP stores.
The Annual Meeting was held Saturday, July 23, 2016. A quorum was present
for both the board meeting and the general membership meeting.
The slate of officers was elected as previously presented on the ballot email.
The Vice President position is open as the volunteer for that position was
ineligible. Gayle can appoint someone to that position, so let her know if
you're willing to volunteer.
We'll have the minutes from the meeting here soon.
Bullseye Pistol Championship
Jim Rogers sent me the
registration form for the 2016 NM State Bullseye Pistol Match in October.
Pistol shooters should send their registration to Jim as shown on the form.
Pretty quiet on the NM firearms news front. I do post the occasional update
on our Facebook page.
On the national front, obviously the Democratic candidates aren't going
to be friends of gun owners. Sanders has been less odious in the past than
Clinton but he's having to walk away from that since apparently the D's have
decided "gun control" is a winning issue for them this year. We
need to show them otherwise.
All of the Republican candidates are talking a good line. I'll just leave
it at that since not all of them have been so respectful of our rights in the
The other potential candidate, Bloomberg, is no fan of gun owners
unless they're in his personal security detail. He'd be an disaster on so
The CMP has issued a new certificate
indicating that the NMSSA remains an active affiliate. Your NMSSA membership
entitles you to make purchases from the CMP store and other CMP privileges.
2015 Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting was a success. A full slate of officers was elected,
a few administrative items were addressed, some educational seminars held, and
several speakers were heard. Hope everyone had a good time.
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The Current bylaws, as adopted
at the February 15, 2014 Annual Meeting, are available. There were no changes
at the 2015 meeting.
July newsletter posted
The July NMSSA newsletter can be found
here. If you would like to submit material for the next newsletter
please contact the Newsletter Editor.
Finalized bylaws posted
The Association bylaws,
as adopted at the Annual Meeting February 15, 2014, have been posted.
NMSSA President Gayle Dye
Greetings NMSSA Members,
I thank each of you for your support in allowing me
to lead the NMSSA in 2014. Our state association is well
on its way to regaining the respect and vibrance it
possessed in years past.
In these days of anti-gun
sentiments, it is our job to teach the general public
that guns can be safe and fun. Most of us are
competitive shooters and understand that safety is first,
foremost, and always the most important part of
competition, hunting, and plinking.
We must also reach
out to the hundreds of thousands of gun owners in New
Mexico to remind them that there are those who wish to
disarm us completely. We have a duty to our forefathers
to protect our constitutional rights for ourselves, our
children, and the the generations to come.
continue to protect our rights, we must also begin to
train the next-generation of shooters and gun owners. We
must reach out to the juniors of this state to help them
become knowledgeable and safe gun enthusiasts. Women and
minorities are also a growing segment of gun owners who
need training and opportunities to improve their skills.
NMSSA has a tremendous opportunity to lead New Mexicans
in meeting these goals. We need members who will write
to our state legislators to let them know your opinions
concerning proposed laws and we need dedicated folks who
will attend meetings and travel to Santa Fe when faces
need to be seen by the lawmakers. We need members who
will help fund our efforts. We need you!
I ask each of
you to bring one new member into NMSSA in 2014. I ask
each of your to forward emails concerning pro-gun rights
to colleagues and friends and invite them to join our
ranks. I urge you to look for opportunities to sponsor
matches and training for youth groups.
My goals for 2014
include visiting with as many gun clubs as I can to
recruit new members and arrange fun and competitive
matches. We need to grow our membership by a solid 10
precent - and more if we can. I want to sponsor youth
awards for outstanding New Mexico shooters in all
disciplines. Our pistol and rifle chairs want to
encourage sharing of match information, and increase the
number of fun shoots and competitive shoots across the
state. We also want to learn how we can best serve the
many shooting disciplines to help each grow and prosper.
We cannot meet our goals without your help.
In return for
your support, we will make sure you get electronic
newsletters and emails that are informative as well as
necessary to keep you informed of the gun rights' issues
in New Mexico and, where appropriate, the rest of the
country. NMSSA's success depends on you. We need you!
If you didn't receive this via email from NMSSA in March
please send your email address to the NMSSA
webmaster so you can be added to the distribution for future
Donate to NMSSA
like to make a donation to the NMSSA please click on the Donate button
at right. You can use either a PayPal account or a credit card. Thank you.
Message from NMSSA VP Gayle Dye
Greetings Members of New Mexico Shooting Sports Association (NMSSA),
My name is Gayle Dye and I am the new Vice President of NMSSA. New
officers were elected to the NMSSA Board at the end of April. Our new
President is Len Stans. A list of all other officers can be found on the
"Contacts" page of our NMSSA website.
I will introduce each of the Board members in future messages.
The message that we heard over and over from the members who attended the
annual meeting was that the leadership has not been communicating with the
membership. The new leaders are going to fix that.
In order to get NMSSA off of life support, we need the following:
- If you know of any of our members who may have moved, please let me know.
- If some of your shooting pals have changed email addresses lately, please let me know.
- If you know of an NMSSA member who has passed on (regretfully), please let me know.
- If your annual membership has expired, please renew it (http://www.nmssa.org/membership.htm) - you can renew for multiple years if you prefer.
- If you are a life member or annual member, please consider making a donation to NMSSA (see PayPal Donate button at right) as our bank account is also on life support and it takes money to get things started again!
- Bring in a new member. Membership forms can be found at (http://www.nmssa.org/membership.htm). Get folks excited again about shooting and protecting our rights.
- As you may remember, NMSSA has specific goals in our Bylaws (www.nmssa.org).
In addition to promoting the shooting sports and safety, Section 4 of our Bylaws states:
SECTION 4. To serve as the Official State Association of the National Rifle
Association of America, and to cooperate with other organizations of good
repute in carrying out activities of mutual benefit.
Section 4 means that NMSSA must work with the New Mexico legislature in
protecting our Second Amendment rights. If we cannot ensure our gun rights
for the pursuit of self-protection and sporting activities, there will be no
need for NMSSA as there will be no guns to protect with or to have fun with.
Some folks may think that since HB77 was defeated in the 2013 legislative
session, New Mexico residents are home free - but we are not. The 2014
legislative session is supposed to be a short session dealing with funding
issues. However, the anti-gun folks have managed to get HB77 resurrected and
is being considered/reviewed in an upcoming committee session. See the item
immediately above for more details.
Since there appears to be some
confusion on the mission of NMSSA, which includes far more than just
legislative issues, here is the relevant detail from the
by-laws of the
The New Mexico Shooting Sports Association, Inc. is a non-profit corporation
which has the following purposes:
SECTION 1. To promote social welfare and public safety, law and order, and
the national defense; to educate and train citizens of good repute in the safe
and efficient handling of small arms, and in the technique of design,
production and group instruction; to increase the knowledge of small arms and
promote efficiency in the use of such arms on the part of members of law
enforcement agencies, of the armed forces and of citizens who would be subject
to service in the event of war; and to encourage the lawful ownership and use
of small arms by citizens of good repute.
SECTION 2. To promote good sportsmanship; and to foster the conservation
and wise use of our renewable wildlife resources.
SECTION 3. To promote competitive shooting events.
SECTION 4. To serve as the Official State Association of the National Rifle
Association of America, and to
cooperate with other organizations of good repute in carrying out activities
of mutual benefit.
SECTION 5. To coordinate and encourage the efforts of member clubs,
individuals and the general public in the fields of firearms safety,
marksmanship training and recreational shooting.
NRA ILA Daily News
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for their daily emails
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