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    Help Needed. HB 140

    I wanted to ask your help with something! Evidently, a New Mexico CHL instructor has been emailing committee members AGAINST HB 140, Rep. Nate Gentry's bill to eliminate the mid-term, two hour firearms refresher course. It's hard to tell the motivation, whether it's a firm belief that more training is better [which it is, however, shooting 25 rounds every two years and going home is certainly not trainng], or whether it's due to a financial interest in maintaining the status quo. Either way, it's sending mixed signals to committee members.

    I'm wondering if you might send an email to Rep. Gentry and members of the House Judiciary Committee - where the bill is currently pending - explaining that you SUPPORT HB 140 and why. Is that something you'd be willing to do? If so, the emails for Rep. Gentry and committee members are below. Thanks, as always, for your support of our efforts in Santa Fe!


    Rep. Nate Gentry
    natefornm@gmail.com

    Rep. Al Park
    alpark.nm@gmail.com

    Rep. Joseph Cervantes
    joseph@cervanteslawnm.com

    Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon
    eliseoalcon@msn.com

    Rep. Paul Bandy
    paul@paulbandy.org

    Rep. Cathrynn Brown
    brown55@windstream.net

    Rep. David Chavez
    david@davidcchavez.cm

    Rep. Zach Cook
    zachjcook@gmail.com

    Rep. David Doyle
    ddoyle@ebnm.com

    Rep. Brian Egolf
    brian@brianegolf.com

    Rep. Moe Maestas
    rep16@moejustice.com

    Rep. Bill O'Neill
    oneillhd15@fastmail.us

    Rep. Bill Rehm
    bill.rehm@nmlegis.gov

    Thanks,

    Steve Aikens

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    Done, Steve.

    Thanks for your continuing efforts, and for notification of the chance to help.

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    Done

    Done. I pointed out, in my email, not only the uselessness of the two-year "training", but the additional burden it places on the already overworked Concealed Carry Unit staff.

    Steve, shouldn't the email address for David Chavez be ".com", rather than ".cm"?

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    Done.

    Emailed all of them and thanked Mr. Gentry for sponsoring the bill...

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    Will do later today.

    As a fellow instructor I totally agree that the 2 hour refresher is just red tape.

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    Done, hopefully they'll listen.

    Thanks again for spending that time in SF, Steve.

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    E-mailed them all this morning. Thanks for the heads up Steve. We appreciate the time you spend in Santa Fe to make laws better for the community of firearm owners.

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    Received two replies to my emails...

    The positive:

    Donovan,
    We will push this legislation.
    Thank you,
    Bill Rehm
    Endowed NRA Life Member

    Then the negative:

    Dear Donovan,
    I remember you've contacted me before in support of concealed carry laws. I believe HB 140 will likely pass this year.

    I haven't supported it because the legislature essentially compromised with supporters of concealed carry and the
    NRA to require a 2-year refresher course back when we first passed the bill.

    Thanks for writing to me,
    Gail Chasey

    It would seem that at least some of the committee members are reading their emails... Wait and see how it turns out.

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    Haven't heard a peep

    Quote Originally Posted by 68jimmy View Post
    Received two replies to my emails...

    The positive:

    Donovan,
    We will push this legislation.
    Thank you,
    Bill Rehm
    Endowed NRA Life Member

    Then the negative:

    Dear Donovan,
    I remember you've contacted me before in support of concealed carry laws. I believe HB 140 will likely pass this year.

    I haven't supported it because the legislature essentially compromised with supporters of concealed carry and the
    NRA to require a 2-year refresher course back when we first passed the bill.

    Thanks for writing to me,
    Gail Chasey

    It would seem that at least some of the committee members are reading their emails... Wait and see how it turns out.
    No responses here. You must have some serious pull. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NMBill View Post
    No responses here. You must have some serious pull. :-)
    I wish... Just lucky I guess.

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    Bill Rehm replied to me, saying basically what he said to the other guy.

    No responses otherwise.

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    Rep. Rehm is a serious supporter of the Second Amendment and we've worked on a good deal of legislation together over the years.

    Chairwoman Chasey is significantly opposed to any firearms legislation, though I can recall she DID actually vote for us once [and I recall she noted what a burden it was to her]. However, she and I get along just fine and I honestly respect her integrity for standing up for what she believes [which opposed firearms] yet she willingly and easily schedules our bills as soon as she can to give us a fair shake on getting heard for an up or down vote so we can move on - or die in her committee.

    Further - Rep. Antonio "Moe" Maestas [ rep16@moejustice.com ] - acting as Vice Chair in CPAC - though not for our Justified Use Of Force Bill - HB 228 - got it heard for us so it moved on, as well as pulling HB 136 off the table so we could amend, pass and move it it forward. Please take a moment to send him a thank you for helping us get that needed up or down vote. It passed his committee and has moved forward to HJC.

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    Does it look like this is going to die in committee?


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    Everything is dead. Rep. Park, Chair of House Judiciary, refused to hear any of our bills - regardless of what happens from here out, there is no chance anythig can make it through either chamber now, before we go Sine Die at noon Saturday.

    I'll post details later.

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    Sorry to hear that. I cannot believe in a 60 day session that they cannot pass good legislation that does not require tax dollars. I appreciate all the time you spent (most in SF) trying to get legislation passed to help all NM gun owners. I will give it another try next year, but the 30 day sessions have rarely been enough time for gun legislation.
    I will remember the politicians that blocked these proposed changes.

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    Next Time

    Thanks, Steve and all others who worked towards more realistic gun laws. As I posted earlier, this was probably not the year for great strides. Next year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveaikens View Post
    Everything is dead. Rep. Park, Chair of House Judiciary, refused to hear any of our bills - regardless of what happens from here out, there is no chance anythig can make it through either chamber now, before we go Sine Die at noon Saturday.

    I'll post details later.
    So what happened? Did that budget fight push everything else off the map?


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