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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

NMSSA Members,

‘Common-sense’ gun control plans actually don’t make sense

By Zachary Fort / President, New Mexico Shooting Sports Association; Albuquerque Resident 
Saturday, August 18th, 2018 at 12:02am

A recent editorial (“It’s time for common-sense gun measures,” Journal Aug. 12) called for state lawmakers to pass a number of gun control proposals rolled out last week by Democratic lawmakers. “Common-sense gun measures” is a phrase that gun control activists and anti-gun politicians use in hopes that the public and the media will avoid scrutinizing the details of these bills or questioning their enforceability, efficacy, intrusiveness or necessity.

• The gun control crowd plans to resurrect “universal background check” bills similar to the ones legislators rejected in 2017. These measures would force gun owners 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 will falsely claim they are targeting gun shows and online transactions. But what the legislation really does is ban all private firearms sales between law-abiding citizens. Studies by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics show that less than one percent of crime guns are acquired at gun shows and background checks are already required before anyone takes delivery of a firearm purchased online. So after five years of debate on this topic, lawmakers will waste more time next year considering unnecessary proposals that have no impact on crime and are unenforceable without gun registration. 

• “Extreme risk protective order” legislation touted by gun control advocates would authorize the seizure of firearms and ammunition from individuals who may not have committed or even threatened to commit any unlawful or violent act. Unchallenged statements made by a petitioner in an ex parte proceeding – prior to any formal hearing before a court at which the individual in question would have the opportunity to be represented by counsel or present counterevidence – would be sufficient to allow law enforcement to enter that person’s home and confiscate their lawfully owned property. 

These “red flag” bills have encountered opposition in other states because they lacked appropriate due process procedures, among other significant details. The Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU expressed great concern about “the breadth of this legislation, its impact on civil liberties, and the precedent it sets for the use of coercive measures against individuals not because they are alleged to have committed any crime, but because somebody believes they might, someday, commit one.” Source: riaclu.org. 



Zachary Fort
President, NMSSA 

president@nmssa.org;

 

From: www.concealedcarry.com

NPR Reports 90% of “School Shootings” Never Happened

 
By on August 29, 2018 in News

 

This spring the Department of Education released a report on the number of school shootings that occur every year. The report claimed that from August 2015 through June 2016, a staggering 240 schools had an incident where a student fired a gun. That means on average one shooting took place everyday of the school year. It’s a mind-boggling statistic except for one problem. Most of these incidents never occurred.

This Monday NPR released a story about the number of school shootings that actually did occur. They found the federal government’s numbers were higher than any other organizations’ findings. Even the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety only found 29 shootings occurred during the 2015-2016 school year. 

Over the summer, NPR called every school that had supposedly reported a school shooting and confirmed only 11. Less than five percent of the reported incidents could actually be verified. 

How could such an error occur? For one thing, a lot of these incidents just never happened. Many school districts have no idea how shootings got reported for their districts. In the Ventura Unified School District, a supposed 26 incidents occurred.

“I think someone pushed the wrong button,” said Ventura’s assistant superintendent Jeff Davis. Ventura’s outgoing superintendent “has been here for almost 30 years, and he doesn’t remember any shooting.”

The Department of Education also seems to have misinterpreted the schools’ reports. In the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, 37 incidents of simple “possession of a knife or firearm,” were interpreted as school shootings. 

In NPR’s story, there are many more examples of data being misreported as school shootings. The error comes from poor data collection practices and government bureaucracy at the federal level. As of this date, the Department of Education has made no effort to revise the data or to republish new results.

Everyday, the gun-control lobby fills the airwaves with endless statistics on gun violence in America. These statistics are meant to shock and galvanize the public into enacting harsher laws on gun owners. Yet like all statistics, they are easily manipulated, and as NPR proved, may not be true at all. 

Any school shooting is a tragedy. We want to do whatever is necessary to make sure students feel safe. Yet before we punish law-abiding gun owners, we need to figure out what the facts really are. 

What do you think? How else does the gun-control lobby use statistic manipulation for their cause? Let us know in the comments below. You can read the report, here.



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From townhall.com - Sept. 15, 2018


Here's How Much The NRA Spent In Grants To Support School Security Projects Nationwide

Beth Baumann

The NRA School Shield Program, which was designed to address "the many facets of school security, including best practices in security infrastructure, technology, personnel, training, and policy," on Monday provided 54 grants in 23 states. The grants totaled more than $600,000 and were awarded to both public and private K-12 educational institutions.

“The NRA is proud to be at a forefront of providing meaningful solutions to safeguard our nation’s schools,” NRA President Oliver North said in a statement.“Protecting our most precious resource – our children – with substantive measures that work should be the top priority for all Americans. Thanks to the generous support of NRA members, many schools will now have the necessary funding to enhance their security.”

The grant can be used to:
• Enhance and renovate their infrastructures.
• Implement access control and visitor management systems.
• Improve communications systems and emergency medicals kits.
• Perimeter fencing repairs and installation.
• Invest in life-saving training.   

The NRA Shield Program is most known for its Security Assessor Training Program which creates a relationship between schools and local stakeholders to make schools more secure. At the end of the training, participants should be able to:
• Understand the role and responsibilities of a school security assessor
• Understand the difference between threat, vulnerability and risk assessments
• Identify potential threats and common vulnerabilities in the school environment
• Conduct a school vulnerability assessment based on industry best practices
• Discuss advantages of security personnel and SROs in the school environment
•  Identify and communicate emerging best practices in school security

To learn more about the NRA Shield Program or apply for a grant, click here.

 



 

Pearce says he’d let veterans hunt, fish for free in New Mexico

By Tripp Stelnicki | tstelnicki@sfnewmexican.com      Sep 13, 2018 Updated Sep 13, 2018
 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce said his administration would grant free fishing and hunting licenses to every honorably discharged veteran living in the state as part of his veterans’ issues platform.

Pearce, himself an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, also said he would guarantee a deer tag to every New Mexico veteran who wants to hunt one.

“Instead of selling all of the tags to out-of-staters for just a few dollars, we’re going to start serving the people who served us,” Pearce said. “It’s a small sign. It’s a symbol of respect.”

An annual resident fishing license costs $25, and an annual resident hunting license costs $15, according to the state Department of Game and Fish.

There are 158,994 veterans in the state as of this year, according to the state Department of Veterans Services. (A department spokesman said neither the state nor the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs tracks how many have been honorably or dishonorably discharged.)

The total value of a hunting and fishing license for every New Mexico veteran would be $6.4 million.

Currently, the state Game and Fish department grants a 50 percent discount on all licenses and permits to active-duty military and veterans.

“We have massive, tremendous opportunities for just personal leisure and pleasure here” in New Mexico, Pearce said. “We’re going to see that our veterans get access to those services, those capabilities.”

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Michelle Lujan Grisham has not yet released a platform addressing veterans issues, but a spokesman for the Albuquerque congresswoman’s campaign said one will be forthcoming.

Pearce’s proposals for veterans, which he announced at a news conference Tuesday, include a post-traumatic stress disorder task force and a statement that he will work to end veteran homelessness and advocate for female veterans.

He also said he would support a 100 percent personal income tax exemption for uniformed service retirees and “widowed spouses.”


 
ALBUQUERQUE AREA FRIENDS OF NRA BANQUET THIS MONTH !!!

HALF THE MONEY RAISED STAYS IN NEW MEXICO TO SUPPORT THE SHOOTING SPORTS.





 
SHOOTING EVENTS

 

Del Norte Gun Club -

Sat. September 22  8:00 am - 1:00 pm  .22 Tactical Rimfire Match Bays 7-9

Sat.  October 6  8:00 am - 5:00 pm IDPA Match 8am set up 9am start Bays 1-4

Fri. October 12 8:00 am - October 13 5:00 pm  3 Gun LE Range 

Sat. October 13 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Long Range Class Classroom #1

Contact training@dngcnm.com for reservations or information

Sun. October 14  8:00 am - 3:00 pm  - Precision Rifle Outback Range

Sat. October 20  9:00 am - 2:00 pm -  .22 Precision Rimfire Match on the 15 Position 100yd Rifle Range

Sun.  October 21 8:00 am - 5:00 pm -  IDPA Match 8am set up 9am start Bays 1-4

EAST MTN PRACTICAL SHOOTING CLUB USPSA SHOOTS @ FOUNDERS RANCH (EAST OF ABQ) -
Sat. Sept. 30, Oct. 13, Oct 27th  9 AM Shooting Starts 10AM - MORE INFO = Call Rick  
(505) 705-1005
 

CALIBERS INDOOR RANGE -

September 23rd - Bowling Pin Shooting Match - Starts 4PM - Go to calibersusa.com to sign up

Action Pistol/Fun Shoot (Cutler) - 5 pm - 8 pm MST Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the Month!

Event begins at 5:00 p.m. Day of event registration begins at 4:00 p.m. Stop by Calibers on Cutler Blvd anytime and sign up early.


ZIA RIFLE & PISTOL CLUB - Has many events

GO TO http://www.ziarifleandpistolclub.com/wp-content/ziacurrentcalendar.pdf


Los Lunas Gun Club -

Sat. 29 Sep 2018 - IDPA MATCH - 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sun. 14 Oct 2018 -  STEEL CHALLENGE MONTHLY MATCH - 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

 

Rio Grande Practical Shooting Club -

1st and 3rd Saturdays  - Rio Grande Practical Shooting club - ABQ city Range -  10 AM - 2:30 PM 


CAPITAN HIGH POWER SHOOTING - Entrance on US Hwy 380 is 3 miles east of Capitan, NM.
Sept 21 - 23 - REGIONAL HIGH POWER  MATCH 
Oct. 6 & 7 - F Class State Championship
Oct. 13 & 14 - Smallbore Prone Conventional Regional
Oct. 27 - High Power League
Oct. 28 - Garand/Vintage



Upcoming Locally Registered Shotgun Shoots

Sporting Clays:

October 6 - Monthly Match - Founders' Ranch

October 13 - Registered Match  - Del Norte Gun Club

Trap:

September 22 - 23 - Farmington - Pat Drake Sr.Memorial Shoot
(San Juan Wildlife Fed.) contact Jim Kennedy at (505) 801-1029
or jimrkennedy@yahoo.com

Oct. 6 & 7 - Alamogordo Roadrunner Trap Club - Registered ATA shoot

Skeet:

October 27 - High Desert Sportsmen, (Abq. Shooting range park)


EAST MOUNTAIN PRACTICAL SHOOTING CLUB - USPSA 

We will be shooting USPSA matches with a classifier twice a month at Founders Ranch in Edgewood (see directions in next article below). The schedule will be 2nd and 4th Saturday starting 10AM ! This is in addition to the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening matches at Mags indoor shooting range in Moriarty. Mark your calendars!
FOR MORE INFO = RICK KENNEDY 480-238-2061


FOUNDER'S RANCH SHOTGUN SPORTS CLUB - MONTHLY SHOOT

We hold a monthly 100 clay shoot on the first Saturday of every month.
The match is open to all, including non-NSCA members (Hunter Class).
The match fee is $40.00 including tax and NSCA fees.
Start time is 10:00 AM.  Registration begins at 9:00 AM.  (Please call ahead.  505-934-2533
 Pre-registration is not required, but helps ensure a smooth and on time start.)  

From Albuquerque take I-40 east to Exit 181 (Sedillo).  
Turn left on NM 333 (Old Rt 66) go 1.4 miles to NM 217.
Turn Right.  Go 4.5 miles to Juan Tomas. Turn Left.
Go 1 mile to Barton Road.  Turn Left.
Go 3/4 mile to gate on right.



ZIA RIFLE & PISTOL CLUB ACTION PISTOL MATCHES

These fun matches are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays starting at 0900.  Open to non-members but call Ron 293-3707 in advance to ensure someone meets you at the gate.  Action Pistol is a fun way to improve your Defensive Pistol skills.  Everyone is friendly and helpful.  Unsure? Go and watch a match first. 

ADDRESS:  3615 Los Picaros Rd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87105 - SOUTH OF ABQ SUNPORT
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