New Mexico Legislature… The NM Legislature is in session. At this point there has not been any movement on HB 44 requiring firearms sales between private individuals at gun show be done through a federal firearms dealer that I am aware of. SR 1 and HR 3 regarding carrying firearms in the Senate and House have been introduced. HR 3 had its first committee hearing and was amended to allow concealed carry licensees to carry in the various House chambers. I will let you all know as soon as I am notified by the NRA of anything else happening with these, or any other, bills. You can also see what is happening with these bills by going to http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/billfinder/bill_finder.aspx and searching for these bills by their number.
States That Accept Your NM Concealed Carry License… I am going to periodically publish the list of states that accept your NM concealed carry license. You can also see this information at www.handgunlaw.us. As of February 1, the following states accept your NM concealed carry license…AK, AL, AR, AZ, CO, FL, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NV, OH, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY.
Ladies Concealed carry Clinic… The Otero Practical Shooting Association, Riclin Firearms Training, Aspire Firearms Training and First Alarm and Security will be holding a Ladies Concealed Carry Clinic on Saturday February 15 beginning at 9:00 at the Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range in La Luz. This will be an opportunity for ladies with a concealed carry license or the equivalent level of training (this is not a clinic for beginners) to come and shoot with other ladies and improve their shooting and defensive skills. We will be doing some defensive drills, have speakers, provide lunch and have an impromptu shooting match. For more information, contact Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 575.430.3040 or Janet at email@example.com. An RSVP is required so we can have enough materials and lunch for everyone. Cost is $10 plus the $5.30 range fee. This will be a great time for the ladies.
Upcoming Concealed Carry Classes…
February Concealed Carry Class…February 22 & 23, 2014…this will be a Ladies Class
March Concealed Carry Class… March 15 & 16, 2014.
If you would like to sign up for either of these classes, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 575.430.3040.
Electronic Fingerprinting… The NM Department of Public Safety is now strongly encouraging (and will soon be requiring) that you submit your fingerprints electronically when applying for an original or renewed concealed carry license. So far the system seems to be working fairly well and, according to a few of the students who have submitted electronic prints, the turnaround time has been greatly reduced.
Interested in Personal Firearms Training? If you are interested in personal, individualized firearms training contact me at email@example.com or by phone at 575.430.3040 and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs. 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, businesses or small groups. Scheduling is very flexible.
Free or Reduced Price Classes… If you would like a free or reduced price concealed carry class, all you have to do is get a group of your friends to take the class with you. How many you bring to the class will determine whether you get the class for free or get a 50% discount. Contact Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 575.430.3040 for details. Also ask about our new military discounts.
Regular Monthly Announcements (Reminders)…
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.
You need to take a Refresher (re-qualification) course two years after you receive 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. 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.
Tip of the Month… Lubricate your firearms properly! We have seen a lot of students lately with ‘dry’ handguns which often leads to malfunctions (which does give them practice clearing malfunctions…). And a couple with ‘dry’ rifles as well. They need to be lubricated regularly to be reliable. In addition, any firearms you expect to use for personal defense should be clean as well as lubricated. You would be surprised how many people shoot and then simply put their guns away.
In closing… As mentioned above, the NM Legislature is in session. I will do my best to keep you updated on firearms related issues. I also strongly encourage you to respond to the requests from the NRA for letters/email/phone calls to your legislators. Thank you for your efforts in supporting the Second Amendment!