Contact your State Representatives in Opposition to SB 32
Earlier this week, the New Mexico Senate passed Senate Bill 32, a measure to ban the use of traps or snares on public lands, on a 26-13 vote. The measure does exempt hunting with firearms and archery equipment, but many sportsmen and agricultural partners that are Second Amendment supporters are concerned about eliminating a traditional wildlife management tool, especially after the New Mexico Game Commission adopted and implemented new trapping regulations just a little over a year ago. These new regulations include mandatory education for anyone purchasing a trapping license and new setbacks, requiring a half-mile distance from designated trailheads, roadside rest areas, picnic areas, and public campgrounds or boat launches. Such a ban micromanages state wildlife biologists rather than allowing them to make the best decisions for wildlife management based on science and biological necessity.
The House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee had originally scheduled this bill for Saturday, but will now hold a virtual committee hearing on SB 32 this Sunday, March 14, at 9:00am. Please click this link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88692377623. Depending on how many attendees there are, the committee chair may limit testimony for, or against, the bill. But at a minimum, he will take an online poll to gauge the number of people on the Zoom who support or oppose the bill, so please make plans to attend.
Also, please contact your State Representatives and urge them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 32!