NM anti-gun group flexes breaking the law it advocated to enact

In a post made on X, formerly Twitter, the anti-gun group New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV), run by Democrats’ anti-gun darling Miranda Viscoli, announced in so many words that it was breaking the law — then kept on digging itself in a hole when challenged.

“Pictured are unwanted firearms from one household in Farmington, NM.  Our gun buyback was [canceled] by the City, but local residents asked us to show up anyway. So, we spent today dismantling guns house by house,” wrote the group, with a photo accompanying the post. The post immediately sparked a fierce response.

“The @NMStatePolice should investigate a private party going door to door and sawing people’s guns in half without doing a background check as required for a transfer in New Mexico.  The @FBI and @ATFHQ (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) should also look into this since a private group does NOT have the ability to check NCIC to see if they are now in possession of a stolen firearm. So many crimes committed by this anti-gun group” posted state Rep. Stefani Lord (R-Sandia Park).

In 2019, the state Legislature passed S.B. 8, which Viscoli advocated in support of on behalf of her group. The group holds ineffective gun “buybacks,” which pay people for willingly giving up to the group, which then turns the firearms into gardening tools.

Following its enactment, the group posted on then-Twitter, “@NMPGVnow thanks @GovMLG for signing the background check bill  into law! She is the first Governor in the history of New Mexico to have the courage to say NO WAY to the NRA and the corporate gun lobby.” 

“Anti gun group @NMPGVnow takes advantage of the ability to transfer/aquire firearms without a background check to destroy them, posts publicly about it, without even a hint of irony,” wrote the pro-gun account Mrgunsgear. 

NMPVG clapped back at the account, writing, “There was no transfer of firearms but keep trying.” 

State Rep. John Block (R-Alamogordo) wrote to NMPVG, “Just so you understand, the passing of the firearm from one party (them) to another (you) = a TRANSFER!”

S.B. 8, however, explicitly notes, “Unlawful sale of a firearm without a background check consists of the sale of a firearm without conducting a federal instant background check.” It adds further that “‘sale’ means the delivery or passing of ownership, possession or control of a firearm for a fee or other consideration, but does not include temporary possession or control of a firearm provided to a customer by the proprietor of a licensed business in the conduct of that business.” Since NMPVG is not an FFL or licensed business, it is not in compliance with the law enacted by S.B. 8.

New Mexico Shooting Sports Association (NMSSA) wrote to NMPVG, “Shoutout to 

@NMPGVnow for joining forces with the ‘rogue sheriffs’ and ‘bad-faith critics’ by refusing to comply with laws criminalizing private firearm transfers in NM,” referencing a social media post by Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham who lambasted many of the state’s sheriffs for refusing to enforce the anti-gun law.

Again, New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence argued, “There was no transfer of firearms? Dismantling a gun onsite is not a transfer.”

To Rep. Lord’s post, NMPVG wrote, “We have been doing this for years. Often, police give people our phone number when they want to turn in an unwanted firearm. This doesn’t violate any background check laws as there is no transfer of firearms.  We simply dismantle them.  All that is left is wood and metal.” 

Rep. Block responded, “So, you’ve been breaking the law for years?”

NMPVG continued to dig in on its post, with critics panning the group’s absurd flex on social media, which appeared to show it flagrantly breaking the law that its leadership fervently supported passing in 2019.

“Congratulations on committing several felonies,” one X user wrote, while another chimed in, “Look at all those perfectly good firearms that we’re never once used in a crime and never would have been.”


19 thoughts on “NM anti-gun group flexes breaking the law it advocated to enact”

    1. So this group has forged to melt down the guns and tooling to make them into garden tools and bicycles? Maybe you’re a tool if you really believe that.

    2. You’re an idiot, the lefties made it a law about transferring weapons, if you do not follow the law you should be charted. If I hand you a gun, it has been transferred. If we did not do the legal paper work we should both be charged because that is the law, very stupid, but it is the law.

    3. Regardless, it needs to be done according to the law, laws which they lobbied for & had passed. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

  1. Stop the insanity, Hitler disarmed its citizens and if you remember history, he murdered millions of people. Go after the person who does the crime not the gun. People need to stand up against these crazies who think they are doing something noble. This group is a bunch of stupid people who think the “gun” is the problem, when it’s the soft on crime that is the problem. Wake up NM before all your rights are taken away.

    1. Amen Mario, nothing will be done cause communists aiding in the destruction of the constitution get a free pass from the “state “ . Besides how many of the guns received by those fools are stolen from law abiding citizens and resold to this group who can’t or don’t care to check with NCIC. Their no questions asked policy is a dream for thieves.

    1. Good call Mario! So in addition to an illegal weapons transfer these pinheads are violating the National Firearms Act which makes it illegal to cut any rifle or shotgun barrel shorter than 18″
      But they’re dimmoKKKraps so I wouldn’t look for atf&e to actually prosecute such a blatant violation of the law.

    2. And, they are transferring those short barreled rifles & short barreled shotguns, which are not destroyed according to BATFE regs, to minors in and at a school, a violation of the Gun Free School Zones Act of 1990.

  2. Another example of the 2 tiered justice system. If you are in “the club” a crime is never committed but if you aren’t you are guilty for breathing.The inmates are running the asylum.

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