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NMSSA Members,

The NMSSA Board recently met to discuss the future of the Association.  We voted to pursue a strategic plan to make NMSSA a more effective, visible, and vocal organization.  Our intention is to make NMSSA the Go-To source for information on shooting events and the fight to maintain our Rights.  Increased membership is essential so part of this plan is to increase the value of NMSSA membership.  To hear more about this strategic vision and how we plan on responding to attacks on our Rights in Santa Fe;

PLEASE plan to attend the  
General Membership Meeting on January 12 at 10 AM at

2300 Buena Vista Dr SE  - Albuquerque

So we will have an accurate head count - THANKS

For current information PLEASE check our Facebook page

We are in this together; when we send out legislative alerts whether through email or social media, we all need to step up and take action. If you can make it to Santa Fe, please do so when gun related bills are being heard. If you can’t make it in person, please diligently contact your elected officials through phone and email. Do not engage your elected officials with anger or threats, but instead engage them with the facts, logic and constitutional truths the right to keep and bear arms are grounded in.  WE ESPECIALLY NEED WOMEN GUN OWNERS TO TURN OUT IN SANTA FE.    Women have an important voice in this fight.

President, NMSSA;


NRA-ILA: Institute for Legislative Action


Anti-Gun Researchers Undermine the Anti-Gun Narrative [EDITED FOR LENGTH]

We have good news from the Violence Prevention Research Program at the UC Davis School of Medicine and the Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Johns Hopkins University.

Comprehensive background checks and prohibitions based on violent misdemeanors had no effect on homicide rates in California.

The latest study ..., “California's comprehensive background check and misdemeanor violence prohibition policies and firearm mortality,” was designed to evaluate the effect of California’s 1991 comprehensive background check and prohibiting those convicted of violent misdemeanors policies on firearm homicide and suicide. The study period was 1981-2000, with secondary analysis up to 2005.

... the researchers found that the comprehensive background check and violent misdemeanor prohibitions were not associated with changes in firearm suicide or homicide.

In conversational language, the two policies had no effect.

We credit the researchers for publishing these findings that run contrary to their own established opinions regarding firearms. There are, naturally, some methodological questions. For instance, the violent crime index only had a low predictive value and so was not included in the final model. The variables that did make the cut included specific age groups, race, gender, poverty level, veteran population, unemployment, alcohol consumption, and the proxy for gun ownership rates. Violent crime is often associated with homicide rates in other studies, yet was not included here.

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But back to the findings. You will recall, from just a few short paragraphs ago, that the notable anti-gun researchers ... found the comprehensive background check and prohibiting violent misdemeanor policies had no effect on firearm homicides or suicides in California.

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Their first explanation is not enough gun control. The authors note their findings conflict with some of their own prior research on other states. They claim the difference is that the other states’ comprehensive background check policies included a permit to purchase component. That must be the key difference, right?

Ignore the fact that all three studies to which they point were reviewed by the Rand Corporation for The Science of Gun Policy. In fact, two of these three studies were the only studies considered in the section for the effect of licensing and permitting requirements on violent crime. Rand found, based on these two studies alone, that licensing and permitting requirements have uncertain effects on total homicides and firearms homicides because the evidence is inconclusive. The third study was focused exclusively on suicide rates, and was one of two studies included in that section in the Rand review. Rand also found that licensing and permitting requirement have uncertain effects on total suicides and firearm suicides, due to inconclusive evidence.

So, yes, ignore that and let’s get back to the point the authors make about permit to purchase. They fail to consider that California enacted a permit-to-purchase system, the Basic Firearms Safety Certificate, in 1994 – right in the middle of their study’s postintervention period.

Still, we credit the researchers for sharing these results and we look forward to sharing their evidence when anti-gun organizations demand further obstacles to law-abiding gun owners.

We’d like to thank the Joyce Foundation and, perhaps unwittingly, California taxpayers for making this study possible.

FULL ARTICLE AVAILABLE AT   Anti-Gun Researchers Undermine the Anti-Gun Narrative




This years annual High Power Regional at Capitan had 17 shooters from around the country competing for the gold medal.  On Friday, we shot 2,600 yard matches for a 40 shot aggregate.  Weather on Friday was cool and windy as the first cold front of the season blew thru Lincoln County.  Walt Krafft from Yellville, Ar. had his 6BR whistlin’ dixie with the match win at a 198-11X.  Steve Satern (Satern Barrels) from Esterville, La won the high master class and Mark Woodard from Midland, Tx won the master class.  The second match of the day was won by Bill Rodolph from Alto who “creedmoored” John Leazar from Midland with a 193-6X.  Walt Krafft was the winner of the high master class and John Leazar took top honors in the master class.  The aggregate for the day was won by Walt Krafft, Bill Rodolph won the high master class and John Leazar took the master class.

Saturday dawned with the 17 shooters ready to take on the Regional Championship.  This years regional was a 1,000 point contest (5, 20 shot matches) so we started the day at the 600 yard line.  Ron Zerr from Tucson was match winner with a new range record of 200-14X.  First in the high master class was Walt Krafft.  Tops in the master class was Bill Lamb from Roswell with a 199-8X and top expert was Steve Jones from Capitan.  From there we moved to the 200 yard line for slow fire offhand.  Ron Zerr was again match winner, you are going to see his name a lot in this article and top high master was Dan Peters, an ex AMU shooter, from El Paso, Tx.  The master class was won by Bill Lamb and Steve Jones was tops in the expert class.  While on the 200 yard line we also shoot a 20 shot match of rapid fire sitting.  Ron Zerr again took the match win with Dan Peters again being first in the high master class.  The master class was won by Mark Woodard from Midland and Steve Jones as first in the expert class (you will being seeing Steve’s name a lot as well).

We then moved to the 300 yard line for a 20 shot match of rapid fire in the prone position.  Now I warned you that you would see Ron Zerr’s name a lot and this match is no exception with Ron taking the match win.  Bill Rodolph was first in the high master class and Ray Grado from El Paso took top honors in the master class.  Rounding out the class winners was Steve Jones by winning the expert class.

We ended the day with another 20 shot match from the 600 yard line and yes, you guessed it, Ron Zerr was match winner.  Bill Rodolph was tops in the high master class and Mark Woodard was in first place in the mater class.  Steve Jones had a good afternoon by taking top honors in the expert class.

Ron Zerr easily won the gold medal for the aggregate by posting a new range record for a 1,000 point agg with a 996-51X.  Ron dropped his only points in the offhand match and cleaned all other stages.  The silver medal was won by Bill Lamb proving that shooting steady can pay off!  The bronze medal was won by Bill Rodolph.  Class winners were Walt Krafft in the high master class, Gary Shaver in the master class and Steve Jones in the expert class.  The weather for Saturday was magnificent!  It would be hard to imagine a nicer day.  We had a special Grand Aggregate of all the 600 yard matches fired on Friday and Saturday for the shooters who shot all 4, 600 yard matches.  Walt Krafft from Yellville, Ar. was the top shooter at 600 yards this year and took home the trophy.

Sunday was leg match day;  a 50 shot no sighter CMP, EIC match is conducted.  Bill Lamb was match winner with an outstanding 482-6X.  Weather conditions were fabulous, but unfortunately none of the non distinguished shooters were able to post a qualifying score to earn leg points.  Dustin Van Sickler from Midland, Tx. was the top non distinguished shooter with a 452-5X.

I would like to thank all those who attended this years regional championship and I would especially like to thank Sha Lene Rodolph for her help doing stats!

Hold hard and favor center!

Bill Rodolph, President

Capitan Hi Power Shooting Club, Inc.



Gun Control Fail: California Firearm Homicides Up 18 Percent

9 Dec 2018


This rise in firearm homicides comes despite the fact that Democrats, gun control groups, and the establishment media constantly claim that states with the strictest gun controls see lower rates of violence and death.

California has universal background checks, gun registration requirements, red flag laws (i.e., Gun Violence Restraining Orders), a ten-day waiting period for gun purchases, an “assault weapons” ban, a one-gun-per-month limit on handgun purchases, a minimum firearm purchase age of 21, a ban on campus carry, a “good cause” restriction for concealed carry permit issuance, and controls on the purchase of ammunition. The ammunition controls limit law-abiding Californians to buying ammunition from state-approved vendors–all of whom are in-state sellers–and adds a fee to any ammunition bought online, also requiring that ammunition to be shipped to a state-approved vendor for pickup.

Additionally, the state mandates gun free zones in businesses where alcohol is sold for on-site consumption. Therefore, the few concealed carry permit holders in the state must enter myriad restaurants without any means of self-defense. This provides a target-rich environment for attackers who want to be sure no one can shoot back when they strike. We last saw this on November 7, 2018, when an attacker opened fire with a handgun in the gun-free Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

Despite all the stringent gun controls a bill filed by Assemblyman Marc Levine (CA-D-10) admits California firearm homicides were up between from 2014 to 2016. The bill says, “Although California has the toughest gun laws in the nation, more effort is necessary to curtail gun violence. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation found that from 2014 to 2016 gun homicides increased 18 percent.” In light of this gun control failure the language of the bill goes on to suggest more gun control.


AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


Virginia McLemore - our Smallbore Rifle Officer would like you to know the following.

The election for the NRA Board of Directors will begin

with the January issue of the official journals. 

There are 4 people running for the board who are strong

supporters of competitive shooting. This is an expertise

which we are losing on the board and one which we

desperately need.


They are:
James Porter, Tom King, Dwight Van Horn and Herb Landford.

Complete bios can be found at:


We are reaching a critical juncture in our quest to

reinvigorate competitive shooting. These 4 people

can help to do that. They are dependable and are

strong in their belief that competitive shooting is an important

part of the NRA. Every vote in a discipline committee and on

the board is now critical so consider electing these people.



Venezuelans regret gun ban, 'a declaration of war against an unarmed population'

Hollie McKay


As Venezuela continues to crumble under the socialist dictatorship of President Nicolas Maduro, some are expressing words of warning – and resentment – against a six-year-old gun control bill that stripped citizens of their weapons.

“Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight,” Javier Vanegas, 28, a Venezuelan teacher of English now exiled in Ecuador, told Fox News. “The government security forces, at the beginning of this debacle, knew they had no real opposition to their force. Once things were this bad, it was a clear declaration of war against an unarmed population.”

Under the direction of then-President Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan National Assembly in 2012 enacted the “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law,” with the explicit aim to “disarm all citizens.” The law took effect in 2013, with only minimal pushback from some pro-democracy opposition figures, banned the legal commercial sale of guns and munitions to all - except government entities.

Chavez initially ran a months-long amnesty program encouraging Venezuelans to trade their arms for electrical goods. That year, there were only 37 recorded voluntary gun surrenders, while the majority of seizures - more than 12,500 – were by force.

In 2014, with Nicolás Maduro at the helm following Chavez’s death but carrying through his socialist “Chavista” policies, the government invested more than $47 million enforcing the gun ban – which has since included grandiose displays of public weapons demolitions in the town square.

A former gun store owner inside Venezuela – who told Fox News he has now been relegated to only selling fishing supplies since the ban – said he can’t sell any type of weaponry - even a slingshot - and underscored that even BB ammunition and airsoft guns are only issued to police and military officers.

The punishment for illicit carrying or selling a weapon now is 20 years behind bars.

Prior to the 2012 reform, there were only around eight gun stores in the entire country. And the process of obtaining a legal permit to own and carry was plagued by long wait lines, high costs and bribery “to make the process swifter” at the one department allowed to issue licenses, which operated under the umbrella of the Ministry of Defense.

“Venezuelans didn’t care enough about it. The idea of having the means to protect your home was seen as only needed out in the fields. People never would have believed they needed to defend themselves against the government,” Vanegas explained. “Venezuelans evolved to always hope that our government would be non-tyrannical, non-violator of human rights, and would always have a good enough control of criminality.”

He said it didn’t take long for such a wide-eyed public perception to fall apart. “If guns had been a stronger part of our culture, if there had been a sense of duty for one to protect their individual rights, and as a show of force against a government power – and had legal carry been a common thing – it would have made a huge difference,” he lamented.

Since April 2017, almost 200 pro-democracy protesters in Venezuela – armed mostly with stones – were shot dead by government forces in brutal retaliation to their call to end the oppressive socialist regime. The once oil-wealthy nation has continued its downward spiral into financial ruin, extreme violence, and mass human rights violations. An estimated three million Venezuelans have been forced to flee since 2015.

“Venezuela shows the deadly peril when citizens are deprived of the means of resisting the depredations of a criminal government,” said David Kopel, a policy analyst, and research director at the Independence Institute and adjunct professor of Advanced Constitutional Law at Denver University. “The Venezuelan rulers – like their Cuban masters – apparently viewed citizen possession of arms as a potential danger to a permanent communist monopoly of power.”





Del Norte Gun Club -


NSCA Shotgun Shoot

January 12, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

go to to register


.22 Precision Rimfire Match on the 15 Position 100yd Rifle Range

January 19, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Fullbore Rifle Match on 1000yd Range

January 20, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

.22 Tactical Rimfire Match Bays 7-9

January 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

For information on these and more events go to 



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.


JAN 6 - SB Rifle Silhouette 0900 Setup 1000 Match Ann 235-3832

JAN 12 & 26  Action Handgun 0900  Ron 293-3707

JAN 13 & 26 - 3 Gun Tactical 0800 - Set Up 0900 - Match Jared:  jjmilinazzo@

JAN 20 - Sporting Clays Sign In: before 0915 Match: 0930 email sign in or questions:
Lyn 269-1017

JAN 27 - Precision Tactical Rifle
Sign In 0845 Match 0900 Reid 269-9189

JAN 27 - Trap & Wobble Trap 1000 - 1200 Jim 617-794-3006

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

Los Lunas Gun Club -

BLACK POWDER SHOOT - 12 Jan 2019, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM

IDPA BACKUP GUN MATCH - 26 Jan 2019 - 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Rio Grande Practical Shooting Club - FOR MORE INFO GO TO

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.


Upcoming Locally Registered Shotgun Shoots

Sporting Clays:

JAN 5 - Founders Ranch Registered shoot
JAN 12 - Del Norte Registerted 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.



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