New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has suspended your Second Amendment rights for at least 30 days in response to gun violence in Albuquerque.
Because of a string of gun-related incidents, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an emergency order on Friday that makes it illegal to carry guns in public in Albuquerque and the counties around it for at least 30 days. Even with a permit, you can not openly or conceal carry.
In the video below, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says, “No constitutional right, in my view, including my oath, is intended to be absolute” “I can invoke additional powers”
We have heard “30 days to solve a problem” before
In March 2020, the government, urged on by Dr. Anthony Fauci, enacted mandates requiring wearing masks in public for “15 days to slow the spread” of COVID-19. That was later turned into 30 days and lasted over two years in many places.
Some law enforcement officials have said they will not enforce Grisham’s orders
Lujan Grisham stated civil violations would be enforced by state police. Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen and Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said they will not enforce it because it raises many constitutional rights concerns.
Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen said, “While I understand and appreciate the urgency, the temporary ban challenges the foundation of our constitution, which I swore an oath to uphold. I am wary of placing my deputies in positions that could lead to civil liability conflicts, as well as the potential risks posed by prohibiting law-abiding citizens from their constitutional right to self-defense.”
“The governor made it clear that state law enforcement, and not APD, will be responsible for enforcement of civil violations of the order. Our officers at APD will continue to focus on the enforcement of criminal laws and arresting the criminals who are driving violent crime in the city,” Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said in a message to his officers Friday night.
Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman, the top prosecutor in the Albuquerque area, said, “As an officer of the court, I cannot and will not enforce something that is clearly unconstitutional.”
“Bumping up against the Second Amendment, no doubt about it,” said Jessica Levinson, a law professor at Loyola Marymount’s Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
Why did the New Mexico governor ban guns?
The Democratic governor said she expected legal challenges but felt obliged to act considering recent killings, including the murder of an 11-year-old kid outside a minor league baseball stadium this week.
At a news conference on Friday, she stated that shootings have reached epidemic proportions and that the suspension provided the state with a “cooling-off period” to decide how to handle gun violence and public safety best.
Even David Hoog, who is an avid anti-gun activist, said he disagreed with her move. One person on Twitter said New Mexico’s “GunSense” Governor has lost David Hogg. Even ducking David Hogg says this is too far.
I support gun safety but there is no such thing as a state public health emergency exception to the U.S. Constitution. https://t.co/6GfbOZLc7g
— David Hogg 🟧 (@davidhogg111) September 9, 2023
Lawsuits over New Mexico’s suspensions of gun rights have begun.
Gov. Grisham said during her news conference, “I welcome the debate and fight about how to make New Mexicans safer.”
The National Association for Gun Rights has filed a TRO and the complaint.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Grisham just declared a "gun violence public emergency" and BANNED the public carry of guns in Albuquerque and the surrounding county by executive order.
— National Association for Gun Rights (@NatlGunRights) September 9, 2023
Gun Owners of America filed their TRO and complaint yesterday.
🚨BREAKING🚨⁰⁰GOA and @GunFoundation have officially filed our lawsuit against NM Governor Grisham and her tyrannical executive order banning firearm carry.
See you in court! 🔥
— Gun Owners of America (@GunOwners) September 10, 2023