Author Archive for Richard

New Mexico L​egislative Session Ends Without Any New Gun Control!

The New Mexico Legislature adjourned sine die at noon Saturday. The following gun control measures were defeated this session, which was especially challenging with the Capitol closed to the public and committee hearings held via Zoom instead of in-person. NRA-ILA appreciates all of you who participated in these meetings to voice your concerns about these bills, and who contacted your lawmakers in opposition to them. Warning: we expect to see many of these again in future legislative sessions!

  • HB 102 (creating a taxpayer-funded “firearm death review panel” to recommend future gun control measures) passed House Judiciary Committee and was tabled in House Appropriations Committee;
  • HB 166 (ban on home-built firearms and 3D-printed gun components) passed House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee and was left pending in House Judiciary Committee;
  • HB 193 (expansion of current red flag law) passed House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee, passed House Judiciary Committee, was pulled from the House Calendar and referred to House Rules Committee;
  • HB 353 (requiring stolen gun checks by anyone receiving a firearm) was taken off House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee agenda and never heard;
  • SB 224 (mandatory storage legislation) passed the Senate Health & Public Affairs Committee and was left pending in Senate Judiciary Committee; and
  • SB 312 (“re-imagining” the mission of the NM Game & Fish Department) was tabled in Senate Conservation Committee.

Unfortunately, the House did give final approval to SB 32, a ban on trapping on all public lands, on a narrow 35-34 vote, and has sent the bill to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for her signature. Please contact the governor and urge her to VETO SB 32.

Thanks for Your Help and Support,

Tara Mica
NRA-ILA State Director
Cell 512-636-9314

I’ll be sending these updates out to you during the legislative session as I receive them from Tara Mica.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
(575) 430-3040
richard@riclin.net

New Mexico: House Could Vote on HB 193 Any Day Now!

Dear New Mexico NRA Member:
As early as TONIGHT, the New Mexico House could vote on House Bill 193, which amends New Mexico’s red flag firearms surrender law, to allow a police officer to petition for an extreme risk protective order (ERPO) directly, and to confiscate any firearms discovered when serving the order. Owners of guns seized in this manner will no longer have the option of storing them with, or selling them to, a federal firearms licensed dealer (FFL), as the original law permitted. And language has been added to the bill in a committee substitute to now allow ANYONE — not just a relative, intimate partner or school administrator as provided for in current law — who has information that a person poses a significant risk to themselves or others, to request that a law enforcement officer petition for an ERPO against that person. The information doesn’t have to be verified, it just has to sound credible, and the allegation could be made by someone who has no mental health training, or suffers from mental health issues of their own.

New Mexico’s ERPO law, which has been a failure and tramples on civil liberties with little or no due process, should be repealed not expanded. Please contact your State Representative and urge them to OPPOSE HB 193.

CLICK HERE – TAKE ACTION

Sincerely,
NRA Institute for Legislative Action
Thanks,

Tara Mica
NRA-ILA State Director
Cell 512-636-9314

I’ll be sending these updates out to you during the legislative session as I receive them from Tara Mica.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
(575) 430-3040
richard@riclin.net

Update on SB 224 Hearing

New Mexico: Mandatory Gun Storage & Youth Firearms Possession Ban Now Will Be Heard in Senate Committee on FRIDAY!

SB 224: Lock Up Your Guns or Face State Charges. Teach Your Kid Firearm Safety and Possibly Face State Charges

See Tuesday’s alert for information on SB 224 (Click Here)

Dear New Mexico NRA Member:

The Senate Health & Public Affairs Committee postponed hearing SB 224 yesterday and will now consider the bill on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Please continue contacting Senate committee members and urge them to OPPOSE SB 224:
Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D): (505) 397-8839, jortizyp@msn.com
Bill Tallman (D): (505) 397-8854, bill.tallman@nmlegis.gov
Gregg Schmedes (R): (505) 986-4395, gregg.schmedes@nmlegis.gov
David M. Gallegos (R): (505) 986-4278, david.rsi@hotmail.com
Stuart Ingle (R): (505) 986-4702, stuart.ingle@nmlegis.gov
Brenda G. McKenna (D): (505) 397-8834, brenda.mckenna@nmlegis.gov
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez (D): (505) 397-8847, a.sedillolopez@nmlegis.gov
Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics (D): (505) 397-8851, lstefanics@msn.com
Also, please contact your state senator and let them know you OPPOSE SB 224.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION

You can testify virtually via Zoom against this terrible bill! Instructions from the committee for verbal and written public comment are as follows: Register to speak against SB 224 at https://ggle.io/3pe5. If there is a high volume of requests for public comment, not everyone may be able to speak. Send written comments in an email to SPAC@nmlegis.gov, with your Name, Entity Represented, SB 224, and that you’re “Against” the bill. Written comments are limited to 300 words or less. The deadline to register and/or respond with written comment is TODAY at 5:00 p.m. If you register to testify, you will be contacted by the committee’s Zoom Operator with the virtual meeting instructions. If you do not receive a response, check your junk email.

If you do not wish to testify but want to view committee proceedings once they have started, please go to the New Mexico Legislature’s website http://www.nmlegis.gov and click on “Webcast” in the menu.

Thanks,

Tara Mica
NRA-ILA State Director
Cell 512-636-9314

I’ll be sending these updates out to you during the legislative session as I receive them from Tara Mica.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
(575) 430-3040
richard@riclin.net

New Mexico: Mandatory Gun Storage & Youth Firearms Possession Ban To Be Heard in Senate Committee

New Mexico: Mandatory Gun Storage & Youth Firearms Possession Ban To Be Heard in Senate Committee on Wednesday

SB 224: Lock Up Your Guns or Face State Charges. Teach Your Kid Firearm Safety and Possibly Face State Charges

Dear New Mexico NRA Member:
Another legislative session — another ineffective, intrusive and unenforceable gun control proposal. You wonder what they’ll come up with next? Well, here it is: Senate Bill 224, by Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez (D-ABQ), who must be auditioning for anti-gun billionaire Bloomberg’s support in her campaign for the 1st Congressional District.

SB 224 reads as follows: “It is an offense for a firearm owner or authorized user to store or keep a firearm in any premises unless the firearm is secured in a locked container or secured by a gun lock or other means so as to render the firearms inaccessible or unusable to any person other than the owner or authorized user.”

You could be fined up to $500 for failing to render your firearm useless in the event you need it for protection. Or $1,000 if a minor, an “at risk” person or a prohibited person obtains the firearm. Both are misdemeanor penalties.

But, it doesn’t stop there. The bill could actually make you a criminal if a minor were allowed access to your firearm, unless he or she is at least twelve years of age and has already successfully completed a firearms safety training course. So you could be charged with a misdemeanor for teaching your 10 year old how to shoot.

The chilling effect this type of legislation could have on youth shooting programs like 4-H and YHEC would be devastating. But that’s exactly what the gun control crowd wants, to eradicate the next generation of responsible young gun owners. That and to leave you defenseless in your home, your vehicle or your place of business, because the state would require you to lock your gun up at all times.

The Senate Health & Public Affairs Committee will hear SB 224 on Wednesday at 1:30pm, or upon final adjournment of the Senate. Please contact members of the Senate committee and urge them to OPPOSE SB 224: Standing Committees – New Mexico Legislature (nmlegis.gov)

Please also make plans to testify virtually via Zoom against this terrible bill! Instructions from the committee for verbal and written public comment are as follows: Register to speak against SB 224 at https://ggle.io/3pe5. If there is a high volume of requests for public comment, not everyone may be able to speak. Send written comments in an email to SPAC@nmlegis.gov, with your Name, Entity Represented, SB 224, and that you’re “Against” the bill. Written comments are limited to 300 words or less.

The deadline to register and/or respond with written comment is Tuesday, February 16, at 5:00 p.m. If you register to testify, you will be contacted by the committee’s Zoom Operator with the virtual meeting instructions. If you do not receive a response, check your junk email.

If you do not wish to testify but want to view committee proceedings once they have started, please go to the New Mexico Legislature’s website http://www.nmlegis.gov and click on Webcast in the menu.
Thanks,

Tara Mica
NRA-ILA State Director
Cell 512-636-9314

I’ll be sending these updates out to you during the legislative session as I receive them from Tara Mica.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
(575) 430-3040
richard@riclin.net

A Request from Tara Mica of the NRA-ILA

Dear Second Amendment Supporters:

NRA-ILA and NMSSA legislative alerts, as well as our work to get conservative online publications reporting on this issue, have helped get the word out about New Mexico Senate Bill 224 and how bad this legislation is. Please see links to the news stories below.

NM Storage Bill Could Make It A Crime To Teach Your Kid Gun Safety

New Mexico Democrat’s bill could criminalize parents teaching kids how to shoot, according to gun group ​

Parents Teaching Kids How To Shoot Could Be Criminal With New Mexico Dem’s Bill, Gun Group Warns

Please forward these articles to your contact lists. We could also use your help in submitting letters-to-the-editor to your local newspapers and relaying the information to pro-2A blogs in opposition to this bill. If you can do this on your own, great! If you want guidance or assistance with drafting and submitting something, please email me ASAP. And keep contacting your state lawmakers.

Thanks,

Tara Mica

NRA-ILA State Director

Cell 512-636-9314

I’ll be sending these updates out to you during the legislative session as I receive them from Tara Mica.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
(575) 430-3040
richard@riclin.net

NMSSA Legislative Alert: They want to make it a crime to teach your child how to shoot

In just filed, SB 224, State Senator Sedillo Lopez wants to mandate how you can and cannot store a firearm in your own home – a version of a bill we have seen and defeated before in New Mexico. But this version of a “storage mandate” goes even further. It would make it a crime for a child to handle your firearm unless the child was 12 or older and had previously completed a firearms safety class. You would become a criminal for taking your child to go shooting if they had not previously taken some kind of formal class.

The bill is an uneducated attempt to demonize firearms. It is already a crime to place a child in a situation that endangers their life, this law does nothing to add to a child’s safety. The law is completely unenforceable unless they plan on going door-to-door inspecting firearm storage in your home. But this bill again goes beyond what they have attempted in the past. If a prohibited possessor gains access to your firearm you are liable as well. Albuquerque is the property crime capital of America; if your home or vehicle was broken into and a convicted felon stole your firearm, you could be charged with a crime under the bill. Instead of taking on the issue of the crime wave that has engulfed Albuquerque and other parts of the state, Sedillo Lopez wants to blame you, someone just seeking to defend yourself, if your firearm is stolen.

The bill is currently located in the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee, below is the contact info for the committee. Stay tuned to our email and social media updates for the latest on what is happening in the 2021 Legislative Session with this bill and others.

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) 986-4395 gregg.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

As always, please be respectful when contacting your elected officials.
Tara Mica
NRA-ILA State Director​
Cell 512-636-9314

I’ll be sending these updates out to you during the legislative session as I receive them from Tara Mica.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
(575) 430-3040
richard@riclin.net

New Mexico: More Red Flag Gun Confiscation and a Proposed Ban on Self-Made Firearms

House Bill 193: “Red Flag” Is Back & It’s Worse Than Before

Rep. Joy Garratt (D-ABQ) & Rep. Daymon Ely (D-ABQ), authors of NRA-opposed Senate Bill 5 from the 2020 session, are back this session with House Bill 193, an amendment to the red-flag gun confiscation law that would allow a police officer to petition for an extreme risk protective 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 person subject to the order and seize any firearms the officer finds.

The red flag gun confiscation law has been a failure, as has every gun-control law passed in New Mexico. No one has been made safer as anti-gun lawmakers, elected with the support of billionaire gun control financier Michael Bloomberg, have rushed to trample on New Mexicans’ civil liberties.
HB 193 has been assigned to two committees: House Consumer and Public Affairs, and House Judiciary. NRA-ILA will notify you as to when this bill is scheduled for a hearing.

House Bill 166 Filed to Ban Self-Made Firearms and Firearm Components

​This week, Rep. Tara Lujan (D-Santa Fe) filed House Bill 166 which would essentially end the centuries-old custom of manufacturing firearms, or firearms components, for personal use. This proposed ban on self-made firearms would criminalize hobbyists who design, assemble, or manufacture their own guns or gun components.
HB 166 creates a whole new list of felony offenses and restrictions that far exceed federal law:

  • It would make you a felon if you manufacture or otherwise assemble a firearm and you are not a federally-licensed manufacturer or dealer, even if using a serialized receiver purchased from an FFL with a background check, or if you possess such a firearm made by a non-FFL.
  • It would make you a felon if you manufacture or otherwise assemble a gun that has no serial number placed on the receiver or frame by a federally-licensed manufacturer or importer, or if you are not an FFL and you possess or purchase separately, or as part of a kit, a firearm frame or receiver that lacks an imprinted serial number.
  • It would make you a felon if you use a 3D printer or similar device to manufacture a firearm or firearm component and you are not a federally-licensed manufacturer or dealer, or if you possess a firearm (or, presumably a firearm component) manufactured by a non-FFL using a 3D printer. Anyone making this technology, including digital instructions or design files, available for firearms or firearm component production to non-FFLs in New Mexico, would be a felon.
    HB 166 has been assigned to three committees: House Consumer and Public Affairs, House Judiciary, and House Appropriations and Finance. NRA-ILA will notify you as to when this bill is scheduled for a hearing.

In the meantime, please contact your state representative and urge them to OPPOSE HB 193 and HB 166. Click the “Take Action” to email your state representative directly.

Contact information for State Representatives can be found here. If you do not know who your State Representative is, click here.

Tara Mica
NRA-ILA State Director​
Cell 512-636-9314

I’ll be sending these updates out to you during the legislative session as I receive them from Tara Mica.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
(575) 430-3040
richard@riclin.net

December 2020

Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range… The Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range in La Luz has reopened! Hours are 8 am – 5 pm Wednesday thru Sunday. Mark and his crew have done a lot of work while the range was closed and it looks good.

Concealed Carry Classes… I will be doing Renewal and Refresher classes on request. If you are in need of your Renewal or Refresher class please contact me and we’ll schedule your class. The Concealed Carry Unit has extended the grace period for Renewal classes from 60 days to 120 days… however, once your license expires you may not carry a concealed handgun until you receive your renewed license. The turn around time for license renewals has increased due to the virus.

I will not be doing initial Concealed Carry classes for the remainder of 2020.

Private Firearms Training… I am continuing to do private firearms training. If you are interested in a private training session please contact me and we’ll schedule your class.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Cold Weather is Arriving

Cold weather is arriving. This means extra clothes and for some, gloves. The good news is that it’s easier to conceal your handgun. The bad news is that it can be more difficult to get to if you need it. Practice accessing, drawing, and shooting your handgun in your winter clothes and gloves. You will find it is much different than drawing and firing in your warm-weather clothing. Just remember the basic safety rules while you are doing this…dry firing first will help to help work out any issues you might have safely. It can be awkward until you figure out how to make it work for you.

Are You Ready?

Times are getting interesting…and a bit chaotic in some places. Are you ready for what you might encounter? Here’s an interesting article by Terry Nelson, a firearms instructor in Carlsbad, who has some thoughts on the subject. Think about what he says…it is well worth considering. Are you Ready?

https://www.outdoorhub.com/stories/2020/11/04/are-you-ready/

Thanks to Terry for letting me pass this on to you.