July 2015

Interesting Thought… The shooting incident at the church in South Carolina on June 17 vividly illustrates the need for you to be armed. And be armed all the time. We tend to think of churches a safe havens, but in reality, in today’s world there is no safe place. If there had been one person in that service who was armed the situation would very likely turned out a lot differently. While our Active Shooter/Terrorist Response class was developed months prior to June 17, the occurrence of events like this reinforce the need for you to train so that you are able to respond effectively in a situation like that. You may well be the first responder in an active shooter or lone wolf terrorist attack!

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • No regular concealed carry class in July. However, if you and a group of friends are interested in the class, please let me know and we’ll make arrangements to do a class for you.
  • July 18 & 19…Ladies with Babies Concealed Carry Class
  • July 24…Night Class in Las Cruces
  • Renewal and Refresher 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.
  • Other classes…If you are interested in a particular class that isn’t currently in our calendar, or have a group of friends you would like to take a class with, let me know and we’ll make it happen.

Active Shooter/Terrorist Response Class… This class took place in Las Cruces on June 20. It was a very interesting class designed to help the individual respond to and survive an active shooter or a lone wolf terrorist attack. We started out with shooting handguns for accuracy out to 25 yards. Then we did a scenario where the students had to shoot bad guys from up to 30 yards away…while moving from place to place and using cover. The next two drills/scenarios involved shooting from a table (like you would if you were in a restaurant or coffee shop). This involved a lot of awkward shooting positions and moving and working with a partner. Then we did a battlefield pick up of an AK 47 scenario (everyone should know how to use one since that is likely to be a weapon of choice for a lone wolf terrorist) and shooting and moving to cover and shooting some more. The final scenario involved driving in your vehicle and stopping, shooting a bad guy from your window and then exiting your vehicle, grabbing your rifle and using your vehicle as cover while shooting multiple bad guys. It was a very hot day but everyone stuck it out, learned a lot (including the instructors) and had a great time. We will be offering this class again!

Ladies with Babies Concealed Carry Class… This is a concealed carry class for women with young children. Carrying a handgun while carrying an infant or young child with you presents some interesting challenges. Offered on July 18 & 19, this class is designed to help young mothers learn how to do both and also how to use their handguns to defend themselves and their young children. For more information contact me or Sara Craig (a mother of 3 babies) at saracraig1219@hotmail.com. If you know a young mother who might be interested please pass on this information to her.

Changes in the New Mexico Concealed Carry Act… Several changes in the New Mexico Concealed Carry Act became effective July 1. Some of these changes impact the NM Mounted Patrol and will not be addressed here. The other changes impact veterans. For active duty military personnel and veterans who have been discharged less than 20 years, the training requirement has been removed. Veterans who have been discharged more than 20 years must still take the training class and fire the qualification course. The application and fingerprint fees for all veterans have been removed. Veterans (called military service persons in the law) will now receive a 5 year license. Please note that this is preliminary information and as more details become available I will keep you posted.

New for Veterans… Orientation to Concealed Carry in New Mexico Class… So you now have a concealed carry license which you got with no training required. Do you know where you can (and can not) carry your concealed handgun? Do you understand the elements that must be in place for you to use deadly force (hint…feeling threatened isn’t good enough)? How do you deal with a traffic stop if you are carrying a concealed handgun?

Even though you were not required to attend the concealed carry class, you are still responsible for all the legal aspects of concealed carry. Our new Orientation to Concealed Carry in New Mexico Class is designed to make you aware of the circumstances in which you can use deadly force, where you can and can not carry your concealed handgun and more. Ignorance of the law will be no excuse if you violate the law while carrying your concealed handgun.

This class is also available to people who have a concealed carry license from a state that has reciprocity with New Mexico (i.e. Florida or Arizona) and are interested in learning the legal aspects of concealed carry in New Mexico. For anyone interested in working on their defensive shooting skills a shooting session can be scheduled separately. Contact me if you would like more information about this unique class.

Please Note… The changes in the law (and the new Orientation to Concealed Carry class) are very important. Please pass the information along to veterans you know who might be interested in applying for their concealed carry license.

Personalized Firearms Training… If you are interested in personalized firearms training tailored to your training needs or interests or those of you and a group of your friends, or for your business, contact me and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs.

We’ll begin by consulting with you to determine what your training needs are or what you would like to accomplish. Together we’ll decide how to best meet those needs.

Any of the classes Riclin offers, 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 training basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Classes can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Scheduling is very flexible.

Regular Monthly Announcements (Reminders)…

  • 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.
  • 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.

Tip of the Month… The Active Shooter/Terrorist Response class was a real eye opener for the students, particularly in the scenarios requiring longer range (25 yards or so) shots with their handguns. This is something you need to practice! As you practice shooting at longer ranges (and see June’s newsletter for some tips) try dry firing several times at each distance before you shoot. You will be surprised how quickly your long range shooting will improve if you include dry firing as an integral part of your long range shooting practice.

In closing… The Ladies with Babies Concealed Carry Class is part of our effort to present concealed carry classes designed for people with specific needs. If you know a young mother who is interested in learning to defend themselves and their young children please pass this on to them.

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