Bob Wright at Fort Hunt Park, 19 April 2010.
Here's the bad news for New Mexicans: "New Mexico House votes to close gun show loophole."
New Mexico's House of Representatives approved tighter background checks on firearms buyers at gun shows, joining other states in considering more restrictions on weapons following the Connecticut school massacre.Representatives voted 43-26 on Wednesday to advance the measure, which was expected to be approved by the Democratic-controlled state Senate and Republican Governor Susana Martinez, a gun rights advocate who has said she would sign the bill if it reaches her desk.
Not surprisingly, this does not make my old friend Bob Wright of the 1st Brigade, New Mexico Militia, very happy:
An Open Letter to Senator Carroll Levell, and all Senators in the New Mexico LegislatureSoon you will be asked to vote on HB 77 or its equivalent in the Senate.I ask that you vote 'NO' on this odious attempt to infringe upon the God Given Rights of free New Mexicans.As you know, Senator, the only mechanism the Federal Government could use to regulate firearms in America was a highly controversial and very cynical reading of the Interstate Commerce Clause. The reason there is no federal requirement for the individual to do background checks is because once purchased from the Federally Licenced Firearms dealer, the weapon is no longer in Interstate commerce. It is now the Private Property of the purchaser.HB 77, would undue that protection and require the citizens of this state to pay a financial fee to a Federally Licenced Dealer. That fee would process a request to a Federal Bureaucrat in order to sell their own property.There are no reliable studies that suggest criminals get their guns through private sales and, therefore, there is NO compelling reason to infringe upon the 2nd Amendment protections or the private property rights of the Citizens of this great state.In addition, this misguided and deceptive law would, defacto, create a gun owners database with its requirement to maintain records.Finally Senator, the right to keep and bear arms uninfringed is enshrined in our Bill of Rights and CANNOT legitimately be encroached upon. This is by any definition an encroachment.Passage of this bill will disregard the intent of both the Federal and State Constitutions, dishonor the blood sacrifices of our forebears who fought to defend these very rights, and it will betray the peaceful and law-abiding citizens of this great State and bring shame upon the Senate in which you serve. I know you share a love of our beloved Constitution and trust that it is that which will guide your vote in this matter. Thank you for your time senator.Bob Wright
Looks like Bob may have to organize a Fed-free AND a state police-free gun show. Now that's something I'd go back out to Fort Stinking Desert to help with.