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November 2019

Interesting Thought… Upcoming Revolver Class… We are in the process of developing a Defensive Revolver Class. In addition to those who carry a revolver as a concealed weapon, this class is ideal for those who have Revolver on their concealed carry license but don’t shoot one very much, or don’t even have one. After all, if it’s on your license you should be proficient with it. Please let me know if you would be interested in taking this class. We can provide a revolver for those who don’t have one.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • November 16… Active Shooter Class in Las Cruces…Contact Coralie at safeinlc@aol.com or call 575.644.1692 or respond to this newsletter.
  • November 23… Night Class in Las Cruces… Coralie at safeinlc@aol.com or call 575.644.1692 to sign up for the class or respond to this newsletter.
  • November 30 & December 1… Gun Show in Alamogordo. Stop by my table and visit (or sign up for a class).
  • Renewal and Refresher classes…Take a moment and check the dates on your license…NOW! It’s amazing how many people are late for their Refresher or Renewal classes. I am doing these on request. If you need your Renewal or Refresher let me know and we’ll schedule your class. I have been doing these classes individually or in small groups for some time now and people seem to like this way of doing the classes.

October 26 Active Shooter Class … A Brief After-action Report… The October 26 Active Shooter class went very well. After some initial skills development, we did several scenarios, each tailored to the concealed carrier. Prior to doing each scenario, we had a discussion about the best way to handle that particular situation. Then everyone did the scenario, individually or as a team, depending on the scenario. Other than a general introduction to each scenario, there was no set way on how to handle the situation and everyone (or each team in a couple of the scenarios) dealt with the scenario a little differently. A great learning experience for everyone, including the instructors. A big Thank You to all those who attended this class. We will be offering this class again in Las Cruces on November 16. Contact Coralie at safeinlc@aol.com or call 575.644.1692 to sign up for the class.

Interested in a Private (or Discrete) Concealed Carry Class?… I have been doing quite a few of these types of classes lately.  Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends or your business. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Don’t Forget…Regular Monthly Reminders… (I know you get tired of reading this but you do need to be reminded occasionally)…

  • Don’t forget your Refresher Class! You need to take a Refresher (re-qualification) course at the midpoint of your New Mexico concealed handgun license and you need to take a Renewal class and apply to NMDPS for your concealed carry license to be renewed after four years (5 years for those with a veteran’s license). Take a look at your license periodically and make sure you take those classes. If you are in need of either the Refresher or Renewal classes, contact me and we can schedule your class.
  • To Learn Which Restaurants Sell Beer and Wine Only… You may carry your concealed handgun in a restaurant in New Mexico that is licensed to sell beer and wine only. This is known as a Restaurant License. Go to http://rldverification.rld.state.nm.us/Verification/Search.aspx?facility=Y and do a search. 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 restaurant license in that particular county. And remember… you cannot consume alcohol while you are carrying your concealed handgun.

Specific Individual or Small Group Firearms Training… A big benefit of an individual or small group training is that it can be tailored to your training needs or interests. Contact me and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs for yourself, a group of your friends, or for your business, Any of the classes we offer, from Individual Training Sessions, Concealed Carry, Defensive Handgun, Defensive Carbine and Shotgun classes, as well as Basic Firearms Training, can be done on a personal basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Scheduling is very flexible.

Tip of the Month… Looking back at this month’s Interesting Thought, whatever handguns and calibers you have on your license, you should be proficient with. In addition, you should certainly be proficient with the handgun you carry daily, or even if you only carry it occasionally. You’d be surprised how many people tell me they either don’t shoot much or haven’t shot since they say me in their last class 2 years ago. Remember, if you ever fire your concealed handgun in a self-defense situation, you are responsible for each and every round that you fire. I’d be happy to go out shooting with you sometime…just give me a call.

In Closing… Seems like ti’s gotten nastier out there. Carry your handgun wherever you can, be constantly aware of your surroundings, don’t go any place you shouldn’t or have concerns about and BE SAFE!

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Attention: New Method for Refresher Class

This Interesting Thought is going to be a bit different but is important none the less. I recently attended a meeting in Albuquerque at the Concealed Carry Unit to provide input to a curriculum the unit is developing. One of the topics discussed was the required 2-year Refresher class.

Very soon the Concealed Carry Unit is going to start enforcing the guidelines for the Refresher. They indicated that they will be sending reminders (either by mail or email) that you need to do the Refresher. If you don’t do it within the 60-day time limit after the midpoint of your license, they will send you another notice that you have 30 days to do the Refresher or your concealed carry license will be suspended. If you fail to do the Refresher after this second notice your license will be revoked and you will have to start all over again with the initial 15-hour class.

Until then they will not renew your concealed carry license if you have not done your Refresher.

There are two ways you can do the Refresher. First (and this is the one I recommend because you are required to actually shoot and requalify) is to schedule a 2-hour Refresher class with a concealed carry instructor. Upon completion, the instructor will submit an after-action report and a copy of your training certificate to the Concealed Carry Unit and you will have met your obligation. Or you can go online to https://www.dps.nm.gov/images/ConcealCarry/2yr_refresher_2019.pdf and do it online for free. You will have to read the material and send the certificate you print in after passing the test. While this is a good review, particularly of nonviolent dispute resolution, there is no shooting requirement.

It is up to you which option you choose for the Refresher, but you must do it. When you receive your initial or renewed concealed carry license, go to your calendar on your computer or phone and on that day 2 years (2.5 years for veterans with a 5-year license) make an entry to call your instructor and schedule the Refresher class. Or indicate that it’s time to do the online Refresher. Either way works, but you must do that Refresher.

And a final thought…the Concealed Carry Unit is doing you a favor by reminding you about the Refresher. They don’t have to. As they pointed out in the meeting, you don’t get a reminder from DMV to renew your driver’s license, do you? It’s your responsibility to meet the obligations that come with your concealed carry license.

If you would like to schedule your Refresher class please contact me at riclin@tualrosa.net or (575) 430-3040.

October 2019

Interesting Thought… This Interesting Thought is going to be a bit different but is important none the less. I recently attended a meeting in Albuquerque at the Concealed Carry Unit to provide input to a curriculum the unit is developing. One of the topics discussed was the required 2-year Refresher class.

Very soon the Concealed Carry Unit is going to start enforcing the guidelines for the Refresher. They indicated that they will be sending reminders (either by mail or email) that you need to do the Refresher. If you don’t do it within the 60-day time limit after the midpoint of your license, they will send you another notice that you have 30 days to do the Refresher or your concealed carry license will be suspended. If you fail to do the Refresher after this second notice your license will be revoked and you will have to start all over again with the initial 15-hour class.

Until then they will not renew your concealed carry license if you have not done your Refresher.

There are two ways you can do the Refresher. First (and this is the one I recommend because you are required to actually shoot and requalify) is to schedule a 2-hour Refresher class with a concealed carry instructor. Upon completion, the instructor will submit an after-action report and a copy of your training certificate to the Concealed Carry Unit and you will have met your obligation. Or you can go online to https://www.dps.nm.gov/images/ConcealCarry/2yr_refresher_2019.pdf and do it online for free. You will have to read the material and send the certificate you print in after passing the test. While this is a good review, particularly of nonviolent dispute resolution, there is no shooting requirement.

It is up to you which option you choose for the Refresher, but you must do it. When you receive your initial or renewed concealed carry license, go to your calendar on your computer or phone and on that day 2 years (2.5 years for veterans with a 5-year license) make an entry to call your instructor and schedule the Refresher class. Or indicate that it’s time to do the online Refresher. Either way works, but you must do that Refresher.

And a final thought…the Concealed Carry Unit is doing you a favor by reminding you about the Refresher. They don’t have to. As they pointed out in the meeting, you don’t get a reminder from DMV to renew your driver’s license, do you? It’s your responsibility to meet the obligations that come with your concealed carry license.

If you would like to schedule your Refresher class please contact me at riclin@tualrosa.net or (575) 430-3040.

Upcoming Classes and Events…

  • October 26…Active Shooter Class at the Sydney Paul Gordon Shooting Range in La Luz. This class will explore options for armed individuals with concealed carry licenses in an active shooter event. We’ll be doing some realistic scenarios that you, as a concealed carrier, might experience during an active shooter event.
  • November 2 & 3…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • Renewal and Refresher classes…Take a moment and check the dates on your license…NOW! It’s amazing how many people are late for their Refresher or Renewal classes. I am doing these on request. If you need your Renewal or Refresher let me know and we’ll schedule your class. I have been doing these classes individually or in small groups for some time now and people seem to like this way of doing the classes.

Active Shooter Class October… Shots Fired… Now, What Do You Do? This is a scenario-based class designed to help prepare you as a concealed carrier for dealing with an active shooter…whether you decide to Run (escape), Hide or Fight. This class is not for beginners. Participants must have a concealed carry license or an equal level of training. Participants will be expected to do the scenarios with their everyday carry gear and from concealment. For more information or to sign up for the class contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or Coralie at safeinlc@aol.com.

Interested in a Private (or Discrete) Concealed Carry Class?… I have been doing quite a few of these types of classes lately.  Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends or your business. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Don’t Forget…Regular Monthly Reminders… (I know you get tired of reading this but you do need to be reminded occasionally)…

  • Don’t forget your Refresher Class! You need to take a Refresher (re-qualification) course at the midpoint of your New Mexico concealed handgun license and you need to take a Renewal class and apply to NMDPS for your concealed carry license to be renewed after four years (5 years for those with a veteran’s license). Take a look at your license periodically and make sure you take those classes. If you are in need of either the Refresher or Renewal classes, contact me and we can schedule your class.
  • To Learn Which Restaurants Sell Beer and Wine Only… You may carry your concealed handgun in a restaurant in New Mexico that is licensed to sell beer and wine only. This is known as a Restaurant License. Go to http://rldverification.rld.state.nm.us/Verification/Search.aspx?facility=Y and do a search. 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 restaurant license in that particular county. And remember… you cannot consume alcohol while you are carrying your concealed handgun.

Specific Individual or Small Group Firearms Training… A big benefit of an individual or small group training is that it can be tailored to your training needs or interests. Contact me and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs for yourself, a group of your friends, or for your business, Any of the classes we offer, from Individual Training Sessions, Concealed Carry, Defensive Handgun, Defensive Carbine and Shotgun classes, as well as Basic Firearms Training, can be done on a personal basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Scheduling is very flexible.

Tip of the Month… Practice when it’s not perfect. We all enjoy a nice day with good weather at the range, but what are we really learning? Practice in the rain sometimes, when it’s windy, in the snow, when it’s very hot, and when it’s cold. I just finished the Pecos Run and Gun event (a 5.5-mile loop with 8 shooting stops) and it rained on me the first mile. When I got to the first stage I was soaked, my rifle and gear was wet and it was raining so hard I couldn’t see all the targets. Great fun. We had prepared for the heat and what we got was rain and mud. You never know what the weather (and circumstances) will be until you get there. And remember, the defensive use of your handgun will happen in seconds and the weather won’t care if you like it or not.

In Closing… Some good news! Ace Hardware in Alamogordo and Sandman Armory in Ruidoso are now offering an ammunition package to students of Riclin Firearms Training for their initial concealed carry class. It consists of 150 rounds of 9mm ammunition and 50 rounds of .45 auto ammunition and the cost is $55. A great deal on this ammunition! I encourage you to patronize these fine businesses.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Your Public Image Plays a Part in Actions You Take – Even When Justified

Be careful about how you present yourself. This article, from A Girl With a Gun, has some food for thought about how you present yourself as a gun owner and a concealed carrier. She points out that if you are involved in a self-defense situation and are forced to shoot, everything you have ever done, including what you post on social media as well as any stickers on your vehicle, may come under legal scrutiny. Will that be to your benefit or detriment? Take a few minutes to read this article and give it some thought.

Your character is on the line and your defense won’t like your negative public image, especially if your actions were reasonable and justified.

 

Should you engage an active shooter?

Due to the recent active shooter situations, this article by Chris Hernandez is timely and some serious food for thought. Should you engage an active shooter? He points out several things you need to think about now before you find yourself in that sort of situation.

With the spate of mass shooting attacks the last couple of years, I’ve had a few people ask my thoughts on responding to a mass shooting as an armed citizen.

September 2019

Interesting Thought… Due to the recent active shooter situations, this article by Chris Hernandez is timely and some serious food for thought. Should you engage an active shooter? He points out several things you need to think about now before you find yourself in that sort of situation.

With the spate of mass shooting attacks the last couple of years, I’ve had a few people ask my thoughts on responding to a mass shooting as an armed citizen.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • September 7 & 8… Gun Show in Alamogordo. Stop by and say Hi…and we can take a look at your concealed carry license to see if you need your Refresher or Renewal class (you’d be surprised how many forget).
  • October 5 & 6…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • October 26…Active Shooter Class at the Sydney Paul Gordon Shooting Range in La Luz. This class will explore options for armed individuals with concealed carry licenses in an active shooter event. We’ll be doing some realistic scenarios that you, as a concealed carrier, might experience during an active shooter event.
  • Renewal and Refresher classes…Take a moment and check the dates on your license…NOW! It’s amazing how many people are late for their Refresher or Renewal classes. I am doing these on request. If you need your Renewal or Refresher let me know and we’ll schedule your class. I have been doing these classes individually or in small groups for some time now and people seem to like this way of doing the classes.

Active Shooter Class October… Shots Fired… Now, What Do You Do? This is a scenario-based class designed to prepare you as a concealed carrier for dealing with an active shooter…whether you decide to Run (escape), Hide or Fight. This class is not for beginners. Participants must have a concealed carry license or an equal level of training. Participants will be expected to do the scenarios with their everyday carry gear. For more information or to sign up for the class contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or Coralie at safeinlc@aol.com .

Interested in a Private (or Discrete) Concealed Carry Class?… I have been doing quite a few of this type classes lately.  Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends or your business. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Don’t Forget…Regular Monthly Reminders… (I know you get tired of reading this but you do need to be reminded occasionally)…

  • Don’t forget your Refresher Class! You need to take a Refresher (re-qualification) course at the midpoint of your New Mexico concealed handgun license and you need to take a Renewal class and apply to NMDPS for your concealed carry license to be renewed after four years (5 years for those with a veteran’s license). Take a look at your license periodically and make sure you take those classes. If you are in need of either the Refresher or Renewal classes, contact me and we can schedule your class.
  • To Learn Which Restaurants Sell Beer and Wine Only… You may carry your concealed handgun in a restaurant in New Mexico that is licensed to sell beer and wine only. This is known as a Restaurant License. Go to http://rldverification.rld.state.nm.us/Verification/Search.aspx?facility=Y and do a search. 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 restaurant license in that particular county. And remember… you cannot consume alcohol while you are carrying your concealed handgun.
Specific Individual or Small Group Firearms Training… A big benefit of an individual or small group training is that it can be tailored to your training needs or interests. Contact me and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs for yourself, a group of your friends, or for your business, Any of the classes we offer, from Individual Training Sessions, Concealed Carry, Defensive Handgun, Defensive Carbine and Shotgun classes, as well as Basic Firearms Training, can be done on a personal basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Scheduling is very flexible.

Tip of the Month… Be careful about how you present yourself. This article, from A Girl With a Gun, has some food for thought about how you present yourself as a gun owner and a concealed carrier. She points out that if you are involved in a self-defense situation and are forced to shoot, everything you have ever done, including what you post on social media as well as any stickers on your vehicle, may come under legal scrutiny. Will that be to your benefit or detriment? Take a few minutes to read this article and give it some thought.

Your character is on the line and your defense won’t like your negative public image, especially if your actions were reasonable and justified.

In Closing… Walmart has indicated that they will no longer be selling handgun ammunition. So, I encourage you all to purchase your ammunition locally from these supporters of Riclin Firearms Training… Ace Hardware in Alamogordo and Sandman Armory in Ruidoso.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Fast Draw

How often do you practice drawing (or presenting) your concealed handgun? During your dry fire practice, practice drawing your concealed carry handgun (make sure it’s unloaded) from concealment. In a self-defense encounter, you will have very little time to respond, and the quicker you can draw your handgun the better.

Watch how fast the encounter occurs in this video. Could you have drawn your handgun before the attacker was on you?

 

June 2019

Interesting Thought… This month’s thought is attributed to Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper, founder of Gunsite firearms training academy in Arizona…

If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it. The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury. Therefore what he must be taught to fear is his victim.

There is a lot of truth in this statement and it is certainly something worth thinking about.

A YouTube Video Worth Watching… Somewhat along the lines of the Interesting Thought, here is a video worth watching in which a woman successfully defends herself from an attack, teaching her attacker a lesson…

Some interesting lessons…

  • Consider how fast that occurred…no time to ask for help or for any help to arrive
  • She didn’t seem to be aware of him until he got out of the car
  • Very close range
  • She kept backing up to get distance…there really wasn’t any other direction she could go in
  • No time to use her sights
  • That one shot, while it resolved the problem, did not completely disable the bad guy
  • She was certainly more aware after she shot the guy…while she was getting into her pack to get her phone she was definitely looking around to see what else might be out there

What else did you see?

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • June 8 & 9…Gun Show in Alamogordo
  • July 6 & 7…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo…if you already have your concealed carry license you might pass this on to someone who might be interested.
  • Renewal and Refresher classes…Take a moment and check the dates on your license…NOW! It’s amazing how many people are late for their Refresher or Renewal classes. I am doing these on request. If you need your Renewal or Refresher let me know and we’ll schedule your class. I have been doing these classes individually or in small groups for some time now and people seem to like this way of doing the classes.

Interested in a Private (or Discrete) Concealed Carry Class?… I have been doing quite a few of this type classes lately.  Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends or your business. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Don’t Forget… Regular Monthly Reminders… (I know you get tired of reading this but you do need to be reminded occasionally)…

  • Don’t forget your Refresher Class! You need to take a Refresher (re-qualification) course at the mid point of your New Mexico concealed handgun license and you need to take a Renewal class and apply to NMDPS for your concealed carry license to be renewed after four years (5 years for those with a veteran’s license). Take a look at your license periodically and make sure you take those classes. If you are in need of either the Refresher or Renewal classes, contact me and we can schedule your class.
  • To Learn Which Restaurants Sell Beer and Wine Only… You may carry your concealed handgun in a restaurant in New Mexico that is licensed to sell beer and wine only. This is known as a Restaurant License. Go to http://rldverification.rld.state.nm.us/Verification/Search.aspx?facility=Y and do a search. 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 restaurant license in that particular county. And remember… you cannot consume alcohol while you are carrying your concealed handgun.
Specific Individual or Small Group Firearms Training… A big benefit of an individual or small group training is that it can be tailored to your training needs or interests. Contact me and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs for yourself, a group of your friends, or for your business, Any of the classes we offer, from Individual Training Sessions, Concealed Carry, Defensive Handgun, Defensive Carbine and Shotgun classes, as well as Basic Firearms Training, can be done on a personal basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Scheduling is very flexible.

Important Info for Travelers… I’ve just been advised that New Mexico and Louisiana no longer honor each other’s concealed carry licenses. So, if you are a New Mexico resident traveling to or through Louisiana your NM concealed handgun license will not be valid. For more information on the validity of your NM license go to http://handgunlaw.us.

Tip of the Month… How often do you practice drawing (or presenting) your concealed handgun? During your dry fire practice, practice drawing your concealed carry handgun (make sure it’s unloaded) from concealment. In a self-defense encounter, you will have very little time to respond, and the quicker you can draw your handgun the better. Note how fast the encounter occurred in the video above. Could you have drawn your handgun before the attacker was on you?

In Closing… Summer is upon us. Have fun, be safe, and get to the range!

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Anti-Gun Lawmakers Considering Restrictive Firearm Bills

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Anti-Gun Lawmakers Respond As Early As Jan. 24, 2019

In her opening day speech to state lawmakers, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham called on them to pass various gun control proposals that she supported on the campaign trail and which have been filed in the New Mexico Legislature. She stated that “hunters, sportsmen and responsible gun owners also recognize the need for New Mexico to take steps toward smart, effective gun violence prevention…”, implying that the gun community supports the restrictive measures outlined below.

While nobody is more adamant about preventing violent crime than gun owners and sportsmen, we know that the way to accomplish this is not through intrusive, ineffective and unenforceable gun control schemes. NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters are strongly encouraged to contact Governor Lujan Grisham and tell her that you OPPOSE the bills listed below.

In response to the governor’s call-to-action, the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee is expected to hold public hearings on the following gun control measures on Thursday, January 24, at 1:30 pm in Room 317 of the State Capitol. (Note: committee agendas have not been officially posted and we will notify you of any changes in scheduling.)

House Bill 8, so-called “universal background check” legislation sponsored by Representative Debra Sarinana, would ban all private firearms sales between law-abiding individuals. Gun owners will be forced to pay undetermined fees and obtain government approval before selling firearms to family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, or fellow hunters, competitive shooters and gun club members. This proposal will have no impact on crime and is unenforceable without gun registration.

House Bill 35, by Representative Miguel Garcia, would require federal firearm licensed dealers to pay the state $200 annually to establish a system for the Department of Public Safety to run stolen gun checks on any used firearm an FFL purchases. While FFLs and gun owners support getting stolen firearms off the street, a functional process that allows them to conduct such checks in real time needs to be worked out in advance of any such mandate. And the state, rather than small business owners, should finance such a public safety initiative.

House Bill 40, by Representative Miguel Garcia, would require criminal records checks on private firearms sales at gun shows – a perennial target of the gun control crowd, even though studies show that these events are not a source of crime guns.

House Bill 83, extreme risk protection order or “red flag” legislation sponsored by Representative Damon Ely, would authorize the seizure of firearms and ammunition from individuals without due process. Unchallenged statements made by a petitioner before a judge, alleging that someone is a danger to themselves or others in an ex parte proceeding — prior to any formal court hearing at which the respondent can be represented by counsel and present counter-evidence — would be sufficient for law enforcement to enter that person’s home and confiscate their private property.

House Bill 87, by Representative Deborah Armstrong, expands the state’s “prohibited person” firearm law by purportedly incorporating federal firearm disqualifications. The bill would prohibit individuals convicted of certain domestic violence misdemeanor crimes or who are subject to a domestic violence protective order from purchasing or possessing a firearm, with violations being a criminal offense. However, the bill goes beyond the prohibited categories in federal law in several significant ways. The state law definition of “household member” – unlike federal law – specifically includes a person who is or has been a continuing personal relationship, which applies to dating or intimate partners who have never lived together. The bill would include, as firearm-prohibiting offenses, nonviolent misdemeanors with no physical contact between the parties (like harassment by telephone or email, or criminal damage to the property or jointly owned property of a “household member”). Unlike federal law, this bill would require anyone subject to a protective order to surrender any firearms they own, possess, or control to law enforcement within 48 hours of the order. Not only does this bill impose a mandatory surrender, it authorizes law enforcement to seize any guns that are in plain sight or are discovered pursuant to a lawful search. Similar legislation had passed the Legislature in 2017 but was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez. Significantly, the 2017 legislation contained other options for affected parties to comply with the firearm surrender requirement, including storing their guns with licensed firearm dealers or transferring the guns to a qualified third party. These key alternatives are not contained in this bill.

House Bill 130, sponsored by Representative Linda Trujillo, would make gun owners criminally and civilly liable if a child gains unsupervised access to an unsecured firearm. New Mexico already has a first-degree felony child abuse statute on the books to hold adults accountable for putting children’s lives or health at risk in any manner. The tools exist to charge and prosecute parents or guardians in appropriate cases. Education is the key to protecting gun owners and their kids, not a state mandate on how one stores a firearm in his or her home.

Please make plans to attend Thursday’s hearing to speak out against these misguided bills and contact committee members to urge them to OPPOSE these measures.

Practice With Your Bedroom Gun

I know many of you have a handgun in your bedroom. When was the last time you practiced with it? Does it have a light (or is a flashlight handy)? Have you checked lately too see if they still work? When things go bump in the night is not the time to discover that you have a dead battery.

Do some realistic drills at the range with your bedroom gun.

  • Lay down like you are sleeping, with your handgun close to where you keep it at night. A ground cloth or blanket will do as ‘bed’ for this and you’ll find it more comfortable than laying on the cold hard ground.
  • Place a target where your door would be. Practice grabbing your handgun and shooting the target while laying there in your ‘bed.’ Do this with and without whatever light you have.

You’ll find it’s a lot different than the standing up and shooting that you normally do. Something you should think about doing occasionally.