For the third year in a row, we need your help protecting gun rights. As I reported earlier this month, HB-44 the anti-gun show bill that shuts down the freedom New Mexicans enjoy at gun shows and restricts gun rights in New Mexico is back.
Urban Democrats who don’t share our conservative values and see the importance of gun rights are once again proposing legislation to shut down gun shows. Representative Miguel Garcia (Democrat, Albuquerque) has once again proposed legislation to “close the gun show loophole” and now that legislation, House Bill 44, has been sent to the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee. New Mexicans, remember– freedom is not a loophole and should not be treated as a vice, especially when it is not being abused.
How YOU can help us stop HB-44
We have been through this drill a handful of times and it is very straightforward. Just visit this website HERE and send an email to the members of the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee! Then, please share this blogpost on with your pro-gun friends via email, Facebook and Twitter!
When I sent this email Tuesday there had been less than 100 emails sent– now there are nearly 1,000 and the link has only been up a few days!
New Mexicans value their gun rights
I’ve rarely run into anyone in New Mexico who hates guns or wants to restrict them. Democrat or Republican. Sure there are the hard-Left operatives who run the Democrat party, but aside from this there are few I’ve run into that don’t like guns, unless it is that strange guy who has creeped up on me at numerous community events where I’ve sold gun raffle tickets and yelled “killing machines” (and sometimes vulgarities) at me. But this angry man is rather is eccentric and one of a kind…his British accent is also a giveaway.
In December a local Democrat party leader in my area recited the horrors of trying to get out the vote among local Democrats, “People believe Obama is going to take away their guns,” she said. And she went on to explain that try as she might, she couldn’t convince voters to believe otherwise. She claimed this was one reason she couldn’t get more Democrats to the polls (Republicans Congressman Steve Pearce and Governor Martinez won my county for the first time this past November).
While some might say that HB-44 “only” closes gun shows, it is truly only a step inching its way forward. And its a step New Mexicans do not want or need.
I was amazed when my state Representative informed me that she had never received more emails than she did during the 2013 legislative session– and what were the emails about? You guessed it…HB-44, the anti-gun show bill!
What does HB-44 do?!
I was interested in reading some of the language of HB-44, most especially the definition of a “gun show”. (Read the bill here)
SECTION 3. [NEW MATERIAL] DEFINITIONS.–As used in the Firearm Transfer Act:3. “gun show” means an event at which more thantwenty-five firearms are on site and available for transfer;
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