IN THE NEWS
2015 Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting was a success. A full slate of officers was elected,
a few administrative items were addressed, some educational seminars held, and
several speakers were heard. Hope everyone had a good time.
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Final 2014 Bylaws posted
The Final bylaws, as adopted
at the February 15, 2014 Annual Meeting, have been posted.
July newsletter posted
The July NMSSA newsletter can be found
here. If you would like to submit material for the next newsletter
please contact the Newsletter Editor.
Finalized bylaws posted
The Association bylaws,
as adopted at the Annual Meeting February 15, 2014, have been posted.
NMSSA President Gayle Dye
Greetings NMSSA Members,
I thank each of you for your support in allowing me
to lead the NMSSA in 2014. Our state association is well
on its way to regaining the respect and vibrance it
possessed in years past.
In these days of anti-gun
sentiments, it is our job to teach the general public
that guns can be safe and fun. Most of us are
competitive shooters and understand that safety is first,
foremost, and always the most important part of
competition, hunting, and plinking.
We must also reach
out to the hundreds of thousands of gun owners in New
Mexico to remind them that there are those who wish to
disarm us completely. We have a duty to our forefathers
to protect our constitutional rights for ourselves, our
children, and the the generations to come.
continue to protect our rights, we must also begin to
train the next-generation of shooters and gun owners. We
must reach out to the juniors of this state to help them
become knowledgeable and safe gun enthusiasts. Women and
minorities are also a growing segment of gun owners who
need training and opportunities to improve their skills.
NMSSA has a tremendous opportunity to lead New Mexicans
in meeting these goals. We need members who will write
to our state legislators to let them know your opinions
concerning proposed laws and we need dedicated folks who
will attend meetings and travel to Santa Fe when faces
need to be seen by the lawmakers. We need members who
will help fund our efforts. We need you!
I ask each of
you to bring one new member into NMSSA in 2014. I ask
each of your to forward emails concerning pro-gun rights
to colleagues and friends and invite them to join our
ranks. I urge you to look for opportunities to sponsor
matches and training for youth groups.
My goals for 2014
include visiting with as many gun clubs as I can to
recruit new members and arrange fun and competitive
matches. We need to grow our membership by a solid 10
precent - and more if we can. I want to sponsor youth
awards for outstanding New Mexico shooters in all
disciplines. Our pistol and rifle chairs want to
encourage sharing of match information, and increase the
number of fun shoots and competitive shoots across the
state. We also want to learn how we can best serve the
many shooting disciplines to help each grow and prosper.
We cannot meet our goals without your help.
In return for
your support, we will make sure you get electronic
newsletters and emails that are informative as well as
necessary to keep you informed of the gun rights' issues
in New Mexico and, where appropriate, the rest of the
country. NMSSA's success depends on you. We need you!
If you didn't receive this via email from NMSSA in March
please send your email address to the NMSSA
webmaster so you can be added to the distribution for future
News around the world
The Contacts page has the full list of officers
of the association, but here are the new elected officers:
|Recording Secretary||Ken Nicholson|
|Membership Secretary||Aaron Strasburg|
Many thanks to the previous officers!
Donate to NMSSA
like to make a donation to the NMSSA please click on the Donate button
at right. You can use either a PayPal account or a credit card. Thank you.
Message from NMSSA VP Gayle Dye
Greetings Members of New Mexico Shooting Sports Association (NMSSA),
My name is Gayle Dye and I am the new Vice President of NMSSA. New
officers were elected to the NMSSA Board at the end of April. Our new
President is Len Stans. A list of all other officers can be found on the
"Contacts" page of our NMSSA website.
I will introduce each of the Board members in future messages.
The message that we heard over and over from the members who attended the
annual meeting was that the leadership has not been communicating with the
membership. The new leaders are going to fix that.
In order to get NMSSA off of life support, we need the following:
- If you know of any of our members who may have moved, please let me know.
- If some of your shooting pals have changed email addresses lately, please let me know.
- If you know of an NMSSA member who has passed on (regretfully), please let me know.
- If your annual membership has expired, please renew it (http://www.nmssa.org/membership.htm) - you can renew for multiple years if you prefer.
- If you are a life member or annual member, please consider making a donation to NMSSA (see PayPal Donate button at right) as our bank account is also on life support and it takes money to get things started again!
- Bring in a new member. Membership forms can be found at (http://www.nmssa.org/membership.htm). Get folks excited again about shooting and protecting our rights.
- As you may remember, NMSSA has specific goals in our Bylaws (www.nmssa.org).
In addition to promoting the shooting sports and safety, Section 4 of our Bylaws states:
SECTION 4. To serve as the Official State Association of the National Rifle
Association of America, and to cooperate with other organizations of good
repute in carrying out activities of mutual benefit.
Section 4 means that NMSSA must work with the New Mexico legislature in
protecting our Second Amendment rights. If we cannot ensure our gun rights
for the pursuit of self-protection and sporting activities, there will be no
need for NMSSA as there will be no guns to protect with or to have fun with.
Some folks may think that since HB77 was defeated in the 2013 legislative
session, New Mexico residents are home free - but we are not. The 2014
legislative session is supposed to be a short session dealing with funding
issues. However, the anti-gun folks have managed to get HB77 resurrected and
is being considered/reviewed in an upcoming committee session. See the item
immediately above for more details.
Since there appears to be some
confusion on the mission of NMSSA, which includes far more than just
legislative issues, here is the relevant detail from the
by-laws of the
The New Mexico Shooting Sports Association, Inc. is a non-profit corporation
which has the following purposes:
SECTION 1. To promote social welfare and public safety, law and order, and
the national defense; to educate and train citizens of good repute in the safe
and efficient handling of small arms, and in the technique of design,
production and group instruction; to increase the knowledge of small arms and
promote efficiency in the use of such arms on the part of members of law
enforcement agencies, of the armed forces and of citizens who would be subject
to service in the event of war; and to encourage the lawful ownership and use
of small arms by citizens of good repute.
SECTION 2. To promote good sportsmanship; and to foster the conservation
and wise use of our renewable wildlife resources.
SECTION 3. To promote competitive shooting events.
SECTION 4. To serve as the Official State Association of the National Rifle
Association of America, and to
cooperate with other organizations of good repute in carrying out activities
of mutual benefit.
SECTION 5. To coordinate and encourage the efforts of member clubs,
individuals and the general public in the fields of firearms safety,
marksmanship training and recreational shooting.
NRA ILA Daily News
The NRA ILA has a couple of great
websites to get regular updates on firearms rights issues. You can sign up
for their daily emails
or check out the latest news
In case you were unclear about
the dangers posed by the so called "universal background checks",
look no further than our neighbors to the North. There flood victims are
avoiding prosecution for storing their legally owned firearms with friends
and families only at prosecutorial discretion. More details
NM YHEC update
The 23rd annual Youth Hunter
Education Challenge (YHEC) was held May 31st to June 2nd at the NRA
Whittington Center in Raton, NM. 178 competitors participated in this
year's event. The International YHEC event was also held at
Whittington in July. Details on both events and plans for next year
NM YHEC has a website (which can also be
found under the Organizations section in the
NMSSA Board Meeting
The full Board met Saturday,
Aug 24, at 8am. Agenda items included general business, and the
committee to propose amendments to the bylaws. Contact any officer if you
have comments or questions.
Law Enforcement Survey
PoliceOne.com released the results
of an extensive survey of active and retired law enforcement officers.
The results make it clear that law enforcement does not support
NMSSA member Lew Wurdeman has
created a new site to collect information about shooting sports around
the state. See it at newmexicoshootingsports.com
The NM Tech Shooting Sports Club,
Sandia Gun Club, and Socorro Gun Club held the NM Smallbore Rifle
Metric Prone State Championship in Albuquerque June 1-2. Ginger
McLemore was the overall winner, followed closely by Wes Shumaker.
The NM Tech Shooting Sports Club,
Capitan Gun Club, and Socorro Gun Club held the NM Smallbore Rifle
Conventional Prone State Championship in Capitan June 22-23. Ginger
McLemore was the overall winner, followed closely again by Wes Shumaker.
Great news from Santa Fe
The Santa Fe City Council defeated
a bill that would have prohibited standard capacity magazines. This is a great
win for gun rights supporters.
here, Albuquerque Journal update here
Contact information updated
Contact info for the new officers has been posted
Click Here to view the Association Contacts page
Current NMSSA by-laws
The proposed by-law changes were not
adopted at the annual meeting. The current by-laws are posted below.
Click Here to Download and Review
NEW MEXICO CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSEES:
Rule Change Allowing
Concealed Carry in State Parks Takes Effect Today
Posted on January 1, 2013
The State Parks Division
of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
formally adopted rule changes to Section 220.127.116.11 of the New Mexico
Administrative Code, which include a removal of the ban on concealed
handgun licensees from New Mexico and reciprocal states carrying
loaded handguns in state parks. This new rule also allows for the
possession of firearms in private motor vehicles or other
conveyances that are parked in, or traveling through, state parks.
rules take effect today, January 1, 2013.
here to read this adopted rule under "Firearms and Bows."
Thank you to NRA members
who contacted the Department in favor of this adopted rule change
since public comment submitted overwhelmingly supported this policy
change. We also express our appreciation to state Representative
Zach Cook (R-Ruidoso), who sponsored legislation in past sessions of
the New Mexico Legislature to repeal this restriction, and to
Governor Susana Martinez (R) for her administration's support and
leadership on this issue.