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Bloomberg Anti-Gun Agenda Passes on a 3-2 Vote

Thanks to all members, advocates and law enforcement that showed up!

On Thursday evening, January 24th, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted to sail through multiple bills backed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg. The following bills were supported by Representatives Liz Thomson (D-Albuquerque) House District 24, Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe) House District 46, and Angelica Rubio ( D-Las Cruces) House District 35. Read Original Article

House Bill 8: “Universal” Background Checks – Sponsored by Representative Debra Sarinana, would ban all private firearms sales between law-abiding individuals. Gun owners would 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 40: Background Checks at Gun Shows: Sponsored 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 Daymon 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: Domestic Violence & Firearm – 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 far beyond the categories currently included in federal law, in addition to requiring firearm seizure.

We would like to thank Representative Gregg Schmedes (R-Tijeras) and Representative Candy Ezzell (R-Roswell) for voting against these bills.

Additionally, The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted to pass Senate Bill 8, so-called “universal” background checks Sponsored by Senator Richard Martinez (D) and Peter Wirth (D) on a vote of 4-3. Senators Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D), Liz Stefanics (D), Antoinette Lopez (D), and Jeff Steinborn (D) all voted for the bill.

We want to thank Senators Candace Gould (R), Craig Brandt (R), and Stuart Ingle (R) for voting against this bill.

NEXT STEPS: The next stop for the House bills that passed in the House Judiciary Committee. The next stop for Senate Bill 8 is the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Please contact House and Senate Judiciary Committee Members and ask them to oppose these bills.

House Judiciary Members: Gail Chasey (D-Albuquerque), Daymon Ely (D-Corrales), Eliseo Alcon (D-Milan), Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), Micaela Lara Cadena (D-Mesilla), Christine Chandler (D-Loas Alamos), Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Albuquerque), Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque), Matthew McQueen (D-Gallisteo), Zachary Cook (R-Ruidoso), Greg Nibert (R-Roswell), Bill Rehm (D-Albuquerque) and James Townsend (R-Artesia).

Senate Judiciary Members: Richard Martinez (D), Daniel Ivey-Soto (D), Linda Lopez (D), Mark Moores (R), William Payne (R), Bill O’Neill (D), Gregory Baca (R), Mimi Stewart (D), Joseph Cervantes (D), Ron Griggs (R), Peter Wirth (D).

Your NRA-ILA will be closely watching these bills while they are pending a hearing in House and Senate Judiciary Committee.

Anti-Gun Lawmakers Considering Restrictive Firearm Bills

NRA-ILAFrom NRA-ILA (original version here)

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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.

Warning to New Mexico Gun Owners

Republished from: NRA-ILA Institute for Legislative Action

Expect Unprecedented Attacks On Your Second Amendment Rights During The 2019 Legislative Session

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While the New Mexico Legislature will not convene for its 60-day Regular Session until January 15, lawmakers can start prefiling bills on December 17.  You will see unprecedented attacks on your Second Amendment rights from the word go.  Your NRA-ILA will alert you to bill numbers and provide links to the content of legislation as it becomes available.  But in the meantime, we want to share with you what we already know is coming.

Expect anti-gun politicians to introduce a slew of so-called “common-sense gun measures” — a misleading phrase that gun control activists use in hopes that the public and the media will avoid questioning the bills’ enforceability, efficacy, intrusiveness or necessity.

The gun control crowd plans to resurrect “universal” background check bills similar to those which legislators rejected in 2017.  These measures 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.  Such proposals will have no impact on crime and are unenforceable without gun registration.

“Extreme risk protective order” or “red flag” legislation touted by gun control advocates 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.

Another expected proposal would make gun owners liable if a child gains access to an unsecured firearm.  New Mexico already has a 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 one-size-fits-all mandate on how one stores a firearm in his or her home.

If anti-gun organizations and anti-gun politicians make progress on these agenda items, you can expect bans on semi-automatic firearms and restrictions on magazine capacity to be next!

Don’t sit idly by and watch your freedoms disappear.  Sign up as an NRA Frontlines volunteer and get at least three fellow gun owners to also sign up to receive timely legislative alerts on firearm-related bills during this upcoming session.  Make plans to attend committee hearings on these bills at the Roundhouse when NRA-ILA notifies you of the place and location.  And contact your state lawmakers before and during session urging them to OPPOSE these measures.

A new governor and a large number of freshman State House members won’t be sworn in or have contact information at the Roundhouse until next month.  The make-up of the State Senate basically remains the same.  Please contact your State Senators and urge them to OPPOSE bills that ban private gun sales between law-abiding individuals, OPPOSE red flag legislation that allows for the confiscation of firearms without due process and to OPPOSE proposals that mandate how you must store firearms in the home.  

Early Voting Alert

From Tara Mica of the NRA

Your Freedom Is Under Attack in New Mexico! Vote On or Before November 6!

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Dear New Mexico NRA Member:

Early in-person voting at expanded locations begins this Saturday, October 20.  New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg has targeted pro-Second Amendment candidates for defeat in New Mexico, hoping to push his radical gun control agenda forward in the Roundhouse in Santa Fe and the U.S. Congress. 

Be sure you know where the candidates stand on issues of importance to gun owners and sportsmen before you vote.  Check out NRA-PVF’s ratings and endorsements at www.nrapvf.org or review the NRA-PVF Political Preference Chart in your NRA member magazine.  Make sure you support the NRA-PVF endorsed candidates for federal and statewide offices, as well as state legislative seats.  The future of your right to keep and bear arms is at stake!

Here are just a few of the key races you need to pay attention to:

Congressional District 2:  NRA-PVF has endorsed Yvette Herrell (R) in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District.  She has a proven record of support for our Second Amendment rights from her tenure in the State House.  Her opponent, Xochitl Torres Small, is falsely claiming to support New Mexico’s hunting heritage and your gun rights.  The truth is she supports the Schumer/Pelosi/Bloomberg “universal” background check system that would criminalize the private transfer of firearms which, according to the Obama Justice Department, is only enforceable through federal firearms registration.  In addition, she refused to answer some of the most basic questions regarding the Second Amendment and our fundamental right to self-defense.

Governor:  NRA-PVF has endorsed Steve Pearce (R) in the contest for Governor.  Hehas repeatedly stood up to Bloomberg’s extremist agenda in Congress and has stood by your right to self-defense by supporting legislation such as national right to carry reciprocity.  In stark contrast, his opponent, Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), would be the most anti-gun governor in the history of New Mexico if elected.  In addition to supporting universal background checks, she has also publicly backed bans on commonly owned firearms used for self-defense, competitive shooting and hunting, as well as limits on standard capacity magazines.  Her far-reaching agenda could also include potential confiscation of firearms without due process and possible restrictions on how you store firearms in your own home. 

Land Commissioner:  NRA-PVF has endorsed Pat Lyons (R) for Commissioner of Public Lands.  This office has a direct hand in issues affecting access to state land by sportsmen.  Pat was a leading supporter of right to carry legislation when he served in the New Mexico Senate.  His opponent Stephanie Garcia Richard (D) was a leading advocate for gun control when she served in the New Mexico House, sponsoring Bloomberg-backed legislation that would have banned the private transfer or loan of firearms between law-abiding citizens. 

Make no mistake, your freedom is at risk this election cycle.  Be sure to vote and spread the word to family, friends and fellow gun owners about which candidates support your Second Amendment rights.  For more information about early voting locations, contact your county clerk’s office.

Thank you!
Tara Mica

New Mexico State Democrats Unveil Four Gun Control Proposals for 2019 Legislative Session

Here is an email I received from Tara Mica, NRA-ILA State Legislative Director. She asked me to pass it along to you all.
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 Dear New Mexico Gun Owner:

We’re five months away from the 2019 Session of the New Mexico Legislature and anti-gun lawmakers are already rolling out gun control proposals!  NRA-ILA will be reviewing these measures in the coming weeks, but you can read about them here now:

Gabby Giffords and her national gun control organization recently rallied in support of Democratic candidate for governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and the aforementioned proposals.  These events clearly demonstrate show how critical it is that you elect pro-Second Amendment candidates this fall.

In the meantime, please read the opinion editorial below by New Mexico Shooting Sports Association President Zac Fort on the Democrats’ anti-gun bills, which appeared in the ABQ Journal this weekend.

Thank you!

Tara Mica, NRA-ILA State Legislative Director
‘Common-sense’ gun control plans actually don’t make sense

  • By: Zachary Fort / President, New Mexico Shooting Sports Association; Albuquerque Resident

A recent editorial (“It’s time for common-sense gun measures,” Journal Aug. 12) called for state lawmakers to pass a number of gun control proposals rolled out last week by Democratic lawmakers. “Common-sense gun measures” is a phrase that gun control activists and anti-gun politicians use in hopes that the public and the media will avoid scrutinizing the details of these bills or questioning their enforceability, efficacy, intrusiveness or necessity.

• The gun control crowd plans to resurrect “universal background check” bills similar to the ones legislators rejected in 2017. These measures would force gun owners to pay undetermined fees and obtain government approval before selling a firearm to family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers, or fellow hunters, competitive shooters and gun club members. Supporters will falsely claim they are targeting gun shows and online transactions. But what the legislation really does is ban all private firearms sales between law-abiding citizens. Studies by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics show that less than one percent of crime guns are acquired at gun shows and background checks are already required before anyone takes delivery of a firearm purchased online. So after five years of debate on this topic, lawmakers will waste more time next year considering unnecessary proposals that have no impact on crime and are unenforceable without gun registration.

• “Extreme risk protective order” legislation touted by gun control advocates would authorize the seizure of firearms and ammunition from individuals who may not have committed or even threatened to commit any unlawful or violent act. Unchallenged statements made by a petitioner in an ex parte proceeding – prior to any formal hearing before a court at which the individual in question would have the opportunity to be represented by counsel or present counterevidence – would be sufficient to allow law enforcement to enter that person’s home and confiscate their lawfully owned property.

These “red flag” bills have encountered opposition in other states because they lacked appropriate due process procedures, among other significant details. The Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU expressed great concern about “the breadth of this legislation, its impact on civil liberties, and the precedent it sets for the use of coercive measures against individuals not because they are alleged to have committed any crime, but because somebody believes they might, someday, commit one.” Source: riaclu.org.

• Another suggested proposal could make gun owners liable if a child gains access to an unsecured firearm. New Mexico has a statute on the books to hold adults accountable for putting children at risk in this way, or any other manner: NMSA Section 30-6-1. Under current law, it is a felony for a responsible person to knowingly, intentionally or negligently place a child in a situation that may endanger the child’s life or health. The tools exist to charge and prosecute parents or guardians in appropriate cases. Sadly, there is no shortage of recent examples in our state of kids being subjected to horrific neglect, abuse and physical violence that has nothing to do with firearms ownership. Bills similar to that being proposed have failed in previous sessions. So once again, lawmakers will spend time next year debating unnecessary gun control legislation and abdicating any responsibility to address the root causes of New Mexico’s at-risk youth.

It’s no surprise that the Democratic nominee for governor, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, has embraced these proposals and is pushing for even more radical measures, such as bans on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms used for hunting, recreational shooting and self-defense, and restrictions on standard magazines used with these guns. She has a long history of supporting the agenda of New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and his national gun control organizations while serving in Congress. New Mexicans who are concerned about crime and protecting our civil liberties deserve better than what she and at least some of her fellow Democrats are selling: unenforceable, ineffective, intrusive and unnecessary laws that won’t make us any safer.

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This is a serious threat to our Second Amendment rights and Tara and the NM Shooting Sports Association will be asking for your help during the upcoming 2019 NM legislative session to defeat these proposals. In the meantime consider working to help elect pro Second Amendment candidates to the legislature in the November election.

Richard Barbaras

NRA-Backed Bills Filed In New Mexico Legislature!

Dear New Mexico NRA Member:

Two NRA-backed bills have been filed in the New Mexico Legislature: SB 220 by State Sen. George Munoz (D-Gallup), NRA-backed Castle Doctrine legislation, and HB 140 by State Rep. Nate Gentry (R-ABQ), a bill eliminating the mid-term firearms refresher training course requirement for Concealed Handgun Licensees.  Please get in touch with your State Senators and urge them to support SB 220, and please call and email your State Representatives and urge them to support HB 140.

Contact information for state lawmakers can be found at http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislatorsearch.aspx.  We will notify you when these measures are scheduled for committee hearings.

Thank You!