Gov. Lujan Grisham suspended open and concealed carry laws in New Mexico’s Bernalillo County for at least 30 days starting Sept. 8. The announcement was prompted by the shooting deaths of young children in July and August, including 3 young girls and a boy.
Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has come under fire from members of her own party after temporarily suspending open and concealed carry across Albuquerque under an emergency health order. “I support gun safety laws. However, this order from the Governor of New Mexico violates the U.S. Constitution,” Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California posted on X. “No state in the union can suspend the federal Constitution.”
According to the Governors statement, New Mexicans fear being in a crowd, fear to take their children to school, or to leave a baseball game, their very right to exist is threatened by the possibility of violence at every turn.
“The governor wants active partners who will bring solutions to the table, not deniers who have no real answers to the gun violence epidemic we face,” a spokesperson said. “She was elected to serve the people of New Mexico, but not a day goes by that we don’t hear from voters asking us to do more to curb this horrific violence.”
Two New Mexico Republicans, Rep. Stephanie Lord and Rep. John Bullock, called for Lujan Grisham’s impeachment for ordering “an abhorrent attempt to impose extremist policies on our people,” referring to the emergency order.
The New Mexico governor is also facing several lawsuits from Second Amendment groups, including the National Gun Rights Association (NRA), whose president says Lujan Grisham is “giving the middle finger to the Constitution.”
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