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Annual Meeting

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the NMSSA will be held June 10, 2017, at the Los Ranchos Village Hall. Details and ballot to be available Monday, May 22.


Bloomberg Reemerges to Shower Cash on Antigun Causes

7:00AM MONDAY, MAY 01, 2017

In 2014, Billionaire Michael Bloomberg pledged $50 million to "take on the NRA." Three years later, America's embrace of Second Amendment rights is as strong as ever, and pro-gun sentiments dominate both chambers of Congress, the White House, and the bulk of state legislatures and governor's mansions.

A Politico article published [recently], however, reports the former New York City mayor is poised to throw bad money after good with another $25 million infusion of cash to help elect anti-gun politicians in the 2018 election cycle and fight passage of a federal concealed carry reciprocity bill.

Politico's inaccurate description of what such a bill would do aptly illustrates how media mogul Bloomberg hopes to use the antigun press to promote his phony gun control message. "That measure," the article claims, "would effectively loosen gun laws significantly by holding gun owners to the laws of their own state when carrying their weapons in other states, no matter how different the laws are in, for example, Texas versus New York."

In fact, the pending concealed carry reciprocity bills would not change any state law. They would simply mean that if a Texan (to use Politico's example) who was lawfully licensed in the Lone Star State were to travel to New York, his Texas license would have to be recognized as valid.

But the real issue for Bloomberg is not federalism or even public safety. Rather, as his Everytowns John Feinblatt told Politico, it's the fear that a national reciprocity law would "normalize carrying guns in public."

News flash, Mr. Feinblatt. That ship has sailed.

America has already embraced the idea of carrying concealed handguns in public for self-defense as a matter of right. It's the law in 42 U.S. states, and the trend since 1987 has been for states to increase the freedom to carry within their own borders and broaden recognition of nonresident permits.

You might even say the bearing of arms for self-defense was officially "normalized" with the ratification of the Second Amendment on Dec. 15, 1791.

Places like New York City are the true outliers. A more accurate description of what Bloomberg hopes to accomplish is to "normalize" New York City values across the rest of America.

But whatever can be said of the Big Apple, it does not represent the country at large. And Bloomberg's unfamiliarity with - and contempt for - the rest of the country beyond his island habitat is precisely why he continues to fail in his bid to influence public opinion.

Yet however cartoonishly and maniacally controlling Bloomberg comes across to ordinary Americans, he is still a very, very wealthy man.

And money talks loudly in politics.

So we shouldn't dismiss the threat of his ego or his riches when it comes to our rights.

Michael Bloomberg is one man with many billions. And we, the people of the NRA, are many millions with one goal: the protection of the right to keep and bear arms.

One vote at a time, one membership at a time, we must continue to secure our liberties and make sure Mr. Big City Bloomberg has nothing more to show for his efforts than tax write-offs and fawning editorials from the New York Times.

2017 National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action. This may be reproduced. This may not be reproduced for commercial purposes.


3-Gun Trophy Match

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office is no longer sponsoring the Sheriff's 3-Gun Charity Challenge. The 3GN Trophy Match is designed to take its place. It is a 12-stage match and is sanctioned by the national 3-Gun Nation (3GN) organization. There will be three 3GN classifier stages and 9 "field" or "outlaw" stages. Two of the stages will be long range with targets out to 300 meters. The Factory, Practical and Unlimited equipment divisions (Division Guide attached) will be competing, although, the rifles will be limited to .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO calibers due to range limitations.
Minimum round count is: Rifle: 30 (38), Pistol: 54 (64), Shotgun 119 (30) Birdshot, 3 Slugs. The numbers in parenthesis indicate optional targets that may increase the round count for a particular firearm. The total minimum round count for all firearms is 206. Recommended ammunition to bring is: Rifle: 150, Pistol: 200, Shotgun Birdshot: 170, Slugs: 5. Note: the total round count could change based on the final configuration of the match stages. Course of Fire is attached.
Registration fee is $110 which includes lunch and beverages on match day (April 29th, 2017). Trophies will be awarded fin each Division and Classification. Prizes will also be awarded.

More info is at: http://www.sjwf.org/3gn/3gn_matches.htm.

Registration is at: https://practiscore.com/sjwf-3gn-2017-trophy-match/register.

More information about the 3GN Club is at: http://3gunnation.com/club_details?id=12201.


New Mexico Lawmakers Adjourn Sine Die After Rejecting Bloomberg Gun Control Bills

From NRA-ILA:

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
karl.moffatt@state.nm.us

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 http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ 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 http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/.


Legislative Updates

For simplicity and ease of updates, relatively frequent updates from this year's long session of the Legislature can be found on our Facebook page.


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.


Annual Meeting

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.


News

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 past.

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 many fronts.


CMP update

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.


Please thank our sponsors:
DeliberateDefense
Los Ranchos Gun Shop
RonPeterson
ShootingStar

Current Bylaws
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.



Message from NMSSA President Gayle Dye
President's Message

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.

While we 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!

Sincerely,
Gayle Dye

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 communications.



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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.



NMSSA Mission
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 association:

    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.



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A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Article Two of the Bill of Rights, ratified December 15, 1791 as the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

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