From Tara Mica of the NRA-ILA…
I hope you all are having a safe and wonderful October! Lots to report on all over the Land of Enchantment:
Moms Demand Action Protesting Friday In Las Cruces – Counter Protest Planned
At noon this Friday, October 20, New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s national gun control group Moms Demand Action plans to protest outside of New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce’s district office in Las Cruces, located at 570 N. Telshor. The Dona Ana Republican Party is planning a peaceful counter-protest and is asking Second Amendment supporters to show up in support of Congressman Pearce. Please plan to arrive outside his district office at 11:45am. If you have any questions, contact the DARP offices at 575-523-8683. Spread the word to fellow gun owners and sportsmen in the Cruces area!
Questions Surrounding Anti-Gun ABQ Mayoral Candidate Tim Keller’s NRA Rating
During a recent ABQ mayoral runoff forum, gun control proponent Tim Keller aimed to portray himself as less-than-terrible on firearms issues by pointing to a candidate rating that NRA issued to him in 2012 when he was running for re-election to the New Mexico Senate. Yes, it is true Keller was rated a B+ by our organization back then. At the time, I found him to be approachable on Second Amendment issues and he supported a number of bills aimed at improving the state’s concealed carry law. Perhaps that’s because he was being challenged at the time by former Senator Shannon Robinson, an A+ rated lawmaker who authored and passed the original concealed carry law.
If you go onto our website http://www.nrapvf.org to find Keller’s 2012 rating, you’ll notice the following disclaimer is posted: “Candidate ratings for previous election cycles were compiled in the year of the election and may no longer accurately represent a candidate’s or elected official’s position or rating.” You’ll recall from previous reports that Tim has embraced the Bloomberg/Everytown/Mom’s Demand Action agenda that includes a ban on temporary private firearms transfers — even between family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. He has also hinted at local regulation and auditing of federal firearms licensed dealers. Make no mistake, Tim Keller has earned his current “F” rating with NRA — and we have endorsed the ONLY pro-gun candidate in the contest: Dan Lewis.
Roswell City Council Votes to Allow Employees to Carry Firearms on City Property
Last week, the Roswell City Council voted 9-1 to approve a resolution authored by Councilor Jason Perry that allows all city employees with handgun licenses to carry concealed on city property, including while at work. Last month, we reported that the City of Elephant Butte had repealed a local law that prohibited the carrying of firearms on city property. It’s refreshing to see these localities in New Mexico restoring our right to self-defense on taxpayer-owned property!
Support Alamogordo Non-Profit’s 2018 Calendar Gun Raffle
You may recall the assault launched last year by the Santa Fe-based gun control group New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence against the United Way of Otero County when the chapter was conducting a calendar gun raffle to raise money for local community projects. If you don’t, here’s the backstory:
The Otero County organization has since parted ways with United Way Worldwide and has re-branded themselves as Thrive in Southern New Mexico. You can read more about their mission and how to buy tickets for the 2018 raffle here: https://letsthrivenm.org/ultimate-firearms-raffle. I definitely plan to buy a ticket again – both me and my former assistant at NRAHQ won this year! Please help support this local group, which continues to “thrive” in spite of the Santa Fe gun grabbers’ best efforts, by purchasing a ticket today.
Happy Hunting this fall and Happy Halloween!
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