Firearms Instructors Charged with Racketeering

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Two New Mexico firearms instructors are facing charges of racketeering, forgery and tampering with public records.

Stephen Bare of Carlsbad and Raymond Lunsford of Loving were ordered earlier this year to stop teaching courses for people applying for state licenses to carry concealed weapons because their courses didn't meet legal requirements.

State police continued to investigate and the two were arrested on the charges two weeks ago. Department of Public Safety spokesman Peter Olson says students who have had their concealed-carry license temporarily suspended or their application denied due to insufficient training can attend a free concealed-carry course.

DPS officers are scheduled to teach courses in Carlsbad, Clovis, Hobbs and Roswell in April and May.