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New Mexico: City Council to Hold Final Vote on Gun Control Resolution



Dear Dona Ana County NRA Member:

Since March, your Las Cruces City Council has debated and discussed, no less than three times, proposed resolutions to restrict your Second Amendment rights -- all under the guise of school safety.  On Monday, June 18, beginning at 1:00pm in Council Chambers at City Hall, they will unveil and vote on the finished product of their waste of taxpayer time and money.

To your credit, and because of your persistence, they appear to have backed off their original proposal urging the Legislature to pass restrictions on the sale and possession of semi-automatic firearms.  Instead, they are expected to vote on revised Resolution 18-158, misleadingly-titled "A Resolution to Better Ensure the Safety of Students in Las Cruces Schools."

This new resolution makes an oblique reference to continued work with the Las Cruces Public School Board regarding School Resource Officers.  And that's IT for "school safety"!  Otherwise, it reinforces the Council's continuing support for Resolution 17-006 from 2016.  This ineffective, intrusive and unenforceable legislation died in the 2017 session of the New Mexico Legislature in spite of the City Council's support.  But here they go again.

Although forcing the Council back to a gun control position they are already on record as supporting may be a moral victory, it's still important that you attend next Monday's Council meeting and register your opposition to Resolution 18-158.   New York Billionaire Michael Bloomberg-backed groups like Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action are trying to convince your local and state elected officials that a vast majority of gun owners support their idea of "universal background checks" for all gun sales. Voters in Nevada came within 1% of defeating similar legislation on the ballot.  And proponents don't mention that what they really want is federal regulation of all private gun transfers -- including temporary loans between family, friends, neighbors, co- workers that and fellow gun club members.  That would involve a trip to a federal firearms licensee, filling out extensive government paperwork and payment of an undetermined fee.  And can only be enforced through gun registration.

Make plans to attend next Monday's City Council hearing and voice your opposition to Resolution 18-158.  If you cannot attend, please contact City Councilors in opposition to this advisory resolution against your rights!

Las Cruces City Council:
Phone: 575-541-2066

Mayor Ken Miyagishima

Council Member Kasandra Gandara

Council Member Greg Smith

Council Member Gabriel Vasquez

Council Member Jack Eakman

Council Member Gill Sorg

Council Member Yvonne Flores

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Butterfield Shooting Range Update:

*Butterfield Range now has 4 new bays at the action pistol thanks to Mark Johnston, Park’s Administrator, Ralph Martinez, Butterfield Range Supervisor, Bill Davis, Caliper Construction,  Bill Martin and Craig Tharp.  It took Bill’s worker only 3 days with a D-6 to clean and push the dirt.  Ralph sent out his best equipment workers to work the week before and they had the bays all lined up.  They kept working after the D-6 was finished and build up all the bays.  More information and pictures will be available at the meeting.  A “Special Thank You” goes out to Jim Radel for staking out the bays.

Third Thursday Workdays :     

Below is a list of the jobs we need to work on:                                                                         

1. Clean out the storage building (This can be done any day)                                                    

2.  Finish painting the Silhouette poles and paint the bleachers.       

Please call Cindy 644-1579 or e-mail rteach25@comcast.net if you want to help on Thursdays.  The gate is latched not locked just come in and close the gate.  If we are not at the building we will be at one of the ranges working.

Review of Constitution/By-Laws


All members are asked to review the Constitution/By-Laws.  We will be considering changes to reflect the recent changes in the make up of the club.  You will be asked to vote on the changes at our regular meetings sometime in the fall.  Click HERE to view/print the current document.  It requires Adobe Reader.  You can also find a new navigation button to view the document.




   Attention concealed carry license holders!

NM-DPS is reviewing reciprocity agreements with other state and there are ongoing major changes.  Before you cross a state line, please check directly with the states you will be entering.  The following is the link to the NM Reciprocity page.  On that page, click on the state you need and it will link you directly with that state's reciprocity page.

New Mexico DPS Reciprocity Agreements 

The website Hand Gun Law is another on-line resource.  It has a map that allows you to view the pertinent informational links.  If you elect to carry in another state, remember that you are bound by the laws of that state.


The following information was valid on 5/1/2012 - Please check the DPS website for most up-to-date information

The following states recognize NM permits  but you must abide by that state’s carry laws.

Valid June 8, 2012

Before traveling, check individual states at www.dps.nm.org or www.handgunlaw.us






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Frank Conway: 1919 - 2011



PGC and shooters across the country mourn the passing of PGC founder member Frank Conway.  Frank's health had been declining swiftly and he passed Monday, April 25.  Frank was the last of the members (to the best of my knowledge) who started Picacho Gun Club in the mid-1960's.  Rarely missing a meeting and always active in every project the club had, Frank also held every office in the Club ..... and more than once!10  As Chief Instructor, he always had a firearms related topic and it was often a talk from his incredible store of knowledge about all things firearms and shooting.  As a gunsmith, most of us felt that Frank was the only man to go to ..... he was unique in that if he didn't have a tool to do the job, he made one!   Frank was truely one of a kind and he will be sorely missed.   Our thoughts and prayers go out to Christine, Franz and Thomas and their families.