April 2013

Interesting Thought… This quote from a decision in an 1878 lawsuit seems appropriate… “To prohibit a citizen from wearing or carrying a war arm . . . is an unwarranted restriction upon the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of constitutional privilege.” [Wilson v. State, 33 Ark. 557, at 560, 34 Am. Rep. 52, at 54 (1878)]… something to think about in these perilous times.

Legislative Report… Thank you all for the time and effort you all spent in communicating with your legislators opposing the anti-gun bills that were introduced into the recent New Mexico legislative session. Your efforts were successful! And don’t forget to write to Senator Tom Udall (http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=contact) and Senator Martin Heinrich (http://www.heinrich.senate.gov/contact.cfm) and express your opposition (and disgust) to the universal background check legislation currently pending in the US Senate.

April Concealed Carry Class… The next concealed carry class will be April 13 & 14. Completion of this class meets the training requirement for a New Mexico Concealed Handgun License and enables you to apply for that license. If you have any questions, or would like to sign up for the class, contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or by phone at 575.430.3040.

Joint Classes offered with SAFE of Las Cruces… We will be offering a Night Class April 26 and a Defensive Shotgun/Handgun Class April 27. These classes will be offered at the Butterfield Park Shooting Range in Las Cruces. The Defensive Shotgun/Handgun Class is a new class which teaches the defensive use of both types of firearms and how to use them together. You are welcome to sign up for either or both classes. For more information, contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or Coralie Carrier of SAFE at safeinlc@aol.com.

Interesting Article… from the Buckeye Firearm blog about a joint training session between a police department and a school district held in Ohio. There were 70 police and school employees that participated in the training. The article is a bit long, but full of factual statistics on active mass shooter information. It is well worth your time to read it. Their findings and research are very revealing and the bottom line is an armed person on site CAN prevent mass deaths quicker than responding law enforcement if they have the will and mindset to act… http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/node/8816

Personal Firearms Training… Are you interested in a personal firearms trainer? Want to improve your shooting skills or focus on a particular skill or get ready for a hunting trip? Any of the classes Riclin offers, from Individual Training Sessions, Concealed Carry, Advanced Defensive Handgun, Defensive Carbine and Shotgun classes, as well as Basic Firearms Training, can be done on a personal training basis for individuals or small groups. Scheduling is very flexible. For more information about personal firearms training contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or by phone at 575.430.3040 and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs.

A Friendly Reminder… Check the expiration date on your license to see if you need to take a Refresher (2 years after the issue date of your license) or a Renewal (2 months prior to the expiration date on your license). If you have an electronic calendar on your computer or cell phone mark the dates on your calendar. I have been doing these classes on request, so when you need your Refresher or Renewal please contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or by phone at 575.430.3040 and we’ll set up a time for your class.

If you are going out to eat… To determine if the restaurant you want to go to has a restaurant license, go to http://rldverification.rld.state.nm.us/Verification/Search.aspx?facility=Y
and search for a Restaurant License in the appropriate county. You can enter the name of the restaurant and see what kind of license they have, or you can get a list of all the restaurants with a beer and wine license in that particular county. And remember… you cannot consume alcohol while you are carrying your concealed handgun.

Check out the newly revised Riclin Firearms Training, LLC web site at www.riclin.net. Kerry (http://ultimatesolution.biz) has done an outstanding job of updating the web site. And take a look at our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/riclinfirearmsllc and ‘like’ us while you are there.

Tip of the Month… Practice drawing (or presenting) your concealed handgun (and shooting) while seated. For many of us this is a bit awkward…but consider for a moment how much of your life you spend seated. Driving the car, eating, watching TV, or sitting at a desk are just a few times when we are generally seated. With a little bit of practice you will figure out the best way for you to draw from the sitting position and the less awkward it will become.

In closing… The last couple of months have been very hectic and I’d like to thank you all for your understanding and patience. Keep training and stay safe!

Richard Barbaras

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