NM Sixty Day Session Alert

January, 2019

 

Last Updated: 02/27/2019

NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshop at Strykers

Your NRA-ILA would like to invite you to attend our Grassroots/Legislative Workshop on Saturday, March 2. You will have a chance to meet your NRA-ILA team and find out what is happening at the capitol. You will also find out more about our Grassroots Program and how you can become more involved with our efforts in New Mexico, pick up some information about NRA-ILA, and grab some free swag. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you there!

WHEN
March 02, 2019 at 2pm - 4pm
WHERE
NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshop at Strykers
415 S Valley Dr
Las Cruces, NM 88005
United States
Google map and directions
CONTACT
Amanda Sanders · amanda@nrailafrontlines.com · 7039436566
12 RSVPS
Robert Sorensen Douglas Wendling Richard Hewett Jim Williams

 

 

Located Here are Links For:  Things You Need To Know, HB8 Background Checks, HB 35 Firearms License / Stolen Gun Checks, HB 40 Background checks at Gun Shows, HB 83 Extreme Risk Protection, HB 87 Domestic Firearms Possession, HB 101 Finger Print  updates, HB 105 Enhanced Penalty for firearms crimes, HB 130 Negligent storage  and finally your wallet HB 321 Car Registration Fee for Road Funds (License plates cost to double at minimum)

 

2019 Legislative Almanac and link for upload to smart device.

 



 


Minutes ago, the New Mexico State Senate passed SB 8 - the Bloomberg backed "Universal Background Check" bill. Now that the House and Senate have passed similar pieces of legislation, it is only a matter of time until it gets to the desk of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. 

Her veto is the last stand we have in defeating this terrible legislation and we need you to take action. Every New Mexican who supports the Second Amendment needs to: 

1. Sign the Petition and we will send the number of signers to the Governor's office before she takes action. 
 

2. Call the Governor's office and voice your opposition to Senate and House Bill 8: (505) 476-2200

3. Join the fight. Join NMSSA so we can show our strength in the final fight against this particular piece of legislation.

There more bills to come, but SB 8 and HB 8 will be detrimental to our state. Take action now! 

Onward, 
Zac Fort 

 

 

 

Bloomberg backed agenda is scheduled for a hearing in House Judiciary on Monday, 2/4/2019 

House Judiciary will hear four bills on Monday:

HB8: "universal" background checks  https://nmlegis.gov/Search

HB40 background checks at gun shows

HB83 Extreme Risk Protection Order or "red flag"

HB87 Domestic Violence & Firearm

House Chamber at 1:30pm

 House Judiciary Committee will hear bills that are critically important to your rights

 

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.

House Judiciary Committee members are as follows: 

Gail Chasey (D) - Chair 

Daymon Ely (D) - Vice Chair

Eliseo Lee Alcon (D)

Deborah Armstrong (D) 

Micaela Lara Cadena (D)

Christine Chandler (D) 

Zachary Cook (R)

Brian Egolf (D) 

Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D)

Georgene Louis (D)

Matthew McQueen (D) 

Greg Nibert (R)

Bill Rehm (R)

James Townsend (R)

 

 

 

Sun News Article.

2/1Dan Parrott 

It feels like Groundhog Day is arriving early at the Roundhouse this year. Once again, gun control advocates are vowing to pass a package of unpopular gun control laws. And if things play out as in past years, these bill will go nowhere. That’s because New Mexicans value their freedom over the radical gun control agenda of New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg. The gun control bills on Bloomberg Wish List are ineffective, intrusive, and unnecessary measures that won’t make New Mexicans any safer.

The Bloomberg Wish List includes a so-called universal background check bill similar to the one New Mexico lawmakers rejected in 2017. The proposal would effectively ban all private firearms sales between law-abiding citizens. Under so-called universal background checks, honest, hard-working New Mexicans would be forced 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 falsely claim they are targeting gun shows and online transactions. But studies by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics show that less than one percent of crime guns are acquired at gun shows. Further, background checks are already required before anyone takes delivery of a firearm purchased online.

Also on Bloomberg’s Wish List is Red Flag or extreme risk protection order legislation.  This measure would allow law enforcement agents to confiscate firearms and ammunition from law-abiding individuals. Under this proposal, a person’s ex-spouse, girlfriend, or boyfriend could make unfounded, uncorroborated, and unchallenged statements against an innocent gun owner, costing them their gun rights. No one should lose their fundamental right to protect themselves without a formal hearing before a court at which they can defend themselves.

Another Bloomberg priority is a measure that would make it harder for law-abiding parents to protect their families. So-called Child Access Protection laws would allow the government to come into your home and tell you exactly how to store your firearms and ammunition. As a responsible gun owner, I store my firearms in such a way that no unauthorized person has access to them. How I choose to store my firearms may not be appropriate for everyone. Let individuals and families decide what works best for their situation, because each one is unique.

Additionally, New Mexico already has a law 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 government already has the tools to charge and prosecute these parents or guardians.

Gun control extremists are even pushing a bill that would take away a person’s gun rights for making harassing phone calls, texts, or emails. Federal law already bans domestic abusers from access to firearms. There is no need for an additional state law which could easily be abused by a vindictive ex-spouse or partner.

New Mexicans who are concerned about crime and protecting our civil liberties deserve better than a Bloomberg Wish List of failed gun control schemes. Every single one of his proposals is unenforceable, ineffective, intrusive and unnecessary. Most importantly, they won’t make us any safer.

Respectfully,

 

Dan Parrott

 

 

 NRA-ILA: Institute for Legislative Action

 

 

While the New Mexico Legislature will not convene for its 60-day Regular Session until January 15, anti-gun lawmakers who support Bloomberg’s radical gun control agenda have already started pre-filing unprecedented attacks on your Second Amendment rights.  The bill introduction deadline is February 14 and we will continue to update you as more firearm-related bills are filed.  Here’s what New Mexico gun owners are facing so far in the Roundhouse:

 

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 1:30pm 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 87by 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. 

 

Please also contact the office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham<https://www.governor.state.nm.us/contact/>, who has expressed support for all of these measures, and politely and respectfully let her know that you OPPOSE them.  Make sure you put bill numbers in the subject line of your emails.