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Vol 2001, Dec Issue 
 

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December 2001

Merry Christmas

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Happy New Year

The Meeting: (November 20, 2001)

Ernest Cardona was at the meeting and was recognized by Dick for his honesty.  He had to stand while Dick told everyone about his returning a firearm he found on the range.  Thank you again Ernest.

 Richard Moore gave the Board Committee report.  He wanted to make sure that everyone understood that the disciplinary incident resulted in a suspension not and expulsion.  The concealed carry instructors requested funding for teaching materials and OK’d by the membership.  Sweatshirts and hats with the SJWF logo are here.  Hats are $10 and sweatshirts are $20 for M and L.  X sizes are $2 more.

The gun show committee is moving right along.  All of the flyers and applications are at the printers now.  (Update:  at this time, the flyers and applications have been sent out and calls and letters are returning.  For more information call 564-3651) They don’t know if they will be able to do 2 shows a year yet.  They just want to get through this one alive first.

The Cowboy Action shoot for December was held on December 8th this time due to the holidays.

Don’t forget we have elections in January.  December meeting we will take nominations.  There have been a couple of people interested but not enough yet.  We have three directors who will be renewing their jobs or leaving their positions. Leah has to get a full time job out side the home and can no longer do the secretary job.  We really need someone to fill these positions!!!

 Needless to say it was a very short meeting!!!  (I think it’s a record.)

 Our next meeting is Tuesday December 18, 2001 at 7:30pm.       

 Announcements:

If you have any announcements, please call Anna Kinney 564-3651, email: ptnopt@fisi.net or mail it to the Federation address: PO Box 1411, Farmington NM, 87499. Anything related to shooting events, lottery winners, etc…. I’ll be glad to put it in. The deadline for the newsletter is 7PM, the Sunday one week prior to the next meeting.

If you move let Anna know!

Legislative Notes

You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.

        Two things happened this month.  First was the decision by the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.  It defined the Second Amendment to the Constitution as an individual right of a citizen to keep and bear arms.  The appeals court ruled that the foundation of current anti-gun law is based on a flawed interpretation of the 1939 US Supreme Court decision in US vs. Miller.  Later appellate courts then conclude that the Second Amendment is a collectivist right rather than and individual right.  In upholding a lower court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment against the government in US vs. Emerson, Judge William Garwood (a Reagan appointee) writing for the majority, said,”We agree with the district court that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to privately keep and bear their own firearms that are suitable as individual, personal weapons, and are not of the general kind or type excluded by Miller, regardless of whether the particular individual is then actually a member of a militia.”  The court also said, “That does not mean that those rights may never be subject to any limited, narrowly tailored specific exceptions or restrictions.”  Perhaps the tide is turning.

        The second excitement came from the New Mexico state Supreme Court who decided to put a hold on the new concealed carry permit (Courtesy of ex- Albuquerque Mayor Baca’s lawsuit filed November 11, 2001.)  The argument is over a provision of the state constitution that says no law may abridge a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms “but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons.”  The Court put a hold on all classes, processing, and permits, until sometime in March.  There were 8 questions that the court wanted to receive arguments on before making a decision:

  1. Can a provision of the Bill of Rights be read to limit a right?  If so, what would be the effect if the phrase in question was deleted from the section?

  2. What effect would there be in the absence of any legislation permitting or outlawing the carrying of concealed weapons?

  3. What does the history of the constitutional section tell us about its interpretation?

  4. Is the clause in question ambiguous and if so, what is the effect?

  5. If the section is read to prohibit the carrying of concealed weapons, what effect will the provision have on exceptions articulated in other legislation?

  6. What was the Legislature’s true intent?

  7. What is meant by “and incident of the right to keep and bear arms” in the section?

  8. Does the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution impact the analysis in any way?

Until then….we’re on hold.

Gift Idea

We are selling hats and sweatshirts with the SJWF logo on them. Hats go for $10 and the sweatshirts size M and L are $20.  X sizes are $2 more.  Please see Richard Moore at the monthly meeting to purchase one.

Elections

Believe it or not, it’s that time again.  Please start thinking about nominations for the January election.  Nominations will be taken at the December meeting and voting will take place in January.  We will be voting in new President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Range Officer, Indoor Range Officer, Outdoor Range Officer and, Chief Instructor.  There will also be 3 board positions open this time.  We will have to have a new Secretary because Leah will have a full time job elsewhere. If you want to help guide this club then run for something!

What a Blast

If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.

 

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