Rep. Garcia prefiles HB51

I am sure you all remember from the past, Rep Garcia's previous bills on the so called "gun show loophole".  HB77 from a few years ago, HB44 last year is now HB51.  It would require background checks for private firearms transfers at gun shows.  

The bill is available for your perusal here:

http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/16%20Regular/bills/house/HB0051.pdf

Please take a look and let your Representatives know how you feel.  You can find your legislator here:

http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislator_search.aspx

Our opposition to the bill is:

1. Current law is not being enforced.  In a 2012 study for Department of Justice, of more than 72,000 declined background checks in 2010, only 44 were prosecuted.

2. Gun shows are not a source of weapons used in crime.  Less than 2% of felons in a Bureau of Justice study said they got their weapons at a gun show. 

 

Thank you for taking the time to talk to your Representatives.  Please also share with your family, friends, and neighbors.

NMGOA to Santa Fe City Councillors

New Mexico Gun Owners Association stands opposed to the Santa Fe magazine ban for the following reason.  It will have no effect on anyone owning or using them except for the law abiding gun owners.  Criminals and those who want to commit crimes are by default, not willing to follow the laws.  So this will not change what they own or use in the commission of those crimes.

 

Why would you attack the people who already follow the law, and not actually deal with those who are not following the law?

 

NMGOA also believes that this violates our state constitution Article 2 Section 6 which states:

 

No law shall abridge the right of the cit-

izen to keep and bear arms for security and

defense, for lawful hunting and recreational

use and for other lawful purposes, but noth-

ing herein shall be held to permit the carry-

ing of concealed weapons. No municipality

or county shall regulate, in any way, an inci-

dent of the right to keep and bear arms. (As

amended November 2, 1971 and November

2, 1986.)

 

Firearms with removable magazines require the magazine to properly operate.  So in our opinion the magazine is an integral part of the firearm.  If the city passes this bill, it will be violating the ban on municipalities to regulate in any way this right.

 

If this bill becomes law, Santa Fe will be sued, and this will just cost the city and the taxpayers money that should be used for other purposes than to play political gamesmanship with your citizens civil rights.

 

New Mexico Gun Owners Association is made up of hundreds of gun owners across New Mexico in every city, town, and county.  There are members from every corner of NM.  We fight for the firearms and self defense rights of all New Mexicans whether they are members or not and at all levels of government.

 

What does Independence Day mean to you?

Does it mean fireworks or barbecues?  What about parades and flags?  Picnics and Apple pie?  Ball games, time with family, or the television?

 

My view is a little different although it may include some or all of the above, that is not what it is about.

 

I celebrate the Founders of our nation, the Declaration of Independence, and above all the thoughts contained therein.

I celebrate the sovereignty of the individual.  The right of agency that I am able to choose whether to do good or to do evil.  I know that each of us has that same right and that it comes from our Divine Creator and not from government, the Constitution, or the Declaration of Independence.  Free men institute governments to protect their rights, not to control them.

 

We are at a point in our history that we are losing those rights and freedoms that our Founders spoke so highly of, and eventually fought and some died for.  In church this past Sunday, one of our lay members spoke about needing to stand up, step forward, and speak out in defense of our rights and liberty.  In 1852, Frederick Douglass said the following about our founders:

 

Feeling themselves harshly and unjustly treated, by the home government, your fathers, like men of honesty, and men of spirit, earnestly sought redress. They petitioned and remonstrated; they did so in a decorous, respectful, and loyal manner. Their conduct was wholly unexceptionable. This, however, did not answer the purpose. They saw themselves treated with sovereign indifference, coldness and scorn. Yet they persevered. They were not the men to look back. …

They loved their country better than their own private interests; and, though this is not the highest form of human excellence, all will concede that it is a rare virtue, and that when it is exhibited it ought to command respect. He who will, intelligently, lay down his life for his country is a man whom it is not in human nature to despise. Your fathers staked their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, on the cause of their country. In their admiration of liberty, they lost sight of all other interests.

 

They were peace men; but they preferred revolution to peaceful submission to bondage. They were quiet men; but they did not shrink from agitating against oppression. They showed forbearance; but that they knew its limits. They believed in order; but not in the order of tyranny. With them, nothing was "settled" that was not right. With them, justice, liberty and humanity were "final"; not slavery and oppression. You may well cherish the memory of such men. They were great in their day and generation. Their solid manhood stands out the more as we contrast it with these degenerate times.

 

How circumspect, exact and proportionate were all their movements! How unlike the politicians of an hour! Their statesmanship looked beyond the passing moment, and stretched away in strength into the distant future. They seized upon eternal principles, and set a glorious example in their defence. Mark them! Fully appreciating the hardships to be encountered, firmly believing in the right of their cause, honorably inviting the scrutiny of an on-looking world, reverently appealing to heaven to attest their sincerity, soundly comprehending the solemn responsibility they were about to assume, wisely measuring the terrible odds against them, your fathers, the fathers of this republic, did, most deliberately, under the inspiration of a glorious patriotism, and with a sublime faith in the great principles of justice and freedom, lay deep, the corner-stone of the national super-structure, which has risen and still rises in grandeur around you.

 

I ask you to spend a few minutes this day and during the weeks and months ahead to reflect on the Declaration of Independence and in those eternal principles that are spoken of therein.  I  encourage you to find a way to Stand Up!, Step Forward!, and Speak Out!  

If not you then who?  Would you willingly entrust your life to one of our politicians today?  By doing nothing, that is exactly what we are doing.

Stand Up for what is right!

Step Forward and volunteer, run for office, do something!

Speak Out in defense of your rights!

 

Join the NMGOA, and other organizations that help to do this!

 

My brother in law reminded me of a very well known quote from Thomas Paine:

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value."


Please, if you do nothing else, read the Declaration of Independence and reflect on its words, especially the last two paragraphs.

Aaron Lee

PoliceOne Gun Control Survey

In March of this year, months after the Newtown tragedy, and during the height of the gun debate in Congress and in New Mexico's legislative session, PolieOne conducted a survey of 15,000 active and retired law enforcement officers from all over the country on crime and gun control. The results are very much in opposition to what we hear from politicians and activists who would like to restrict our rights.

 

There is a link to the entire survey here.

 

Among the survey results are the following items:

 

  • Nearly 80 percent said that a prohibition on private non-dealer transfers of firearms between individuals would not reduce violent crime.

  • 95 percent stated that a ban on the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines which hold more than 10 rounds would not lower crime rates.

  • Over 70 percent felt that a ban on so called “assault weapons” would not reduce crime.

 

Officers lent support for proposals such as mandatory minimum sentences for using firearms during the commission of crimes, concealed carry by law abiding citizens and increased punishment for gun trafficking and straw purchasers as effective ways to reduce crime rates.

 

 

I would ask that you review the survey available at the link above and include this information in your letters to your representatives at all levels of government.

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