Last week, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed an emergency order banning both open and concealed firearms in Albuquerque and surrounding Bernalillo County. The ban is allegedly part of a public health emergency declaration over gun violence and drug abuse.
Specifically, the order includes a 30-day suspension of open and concealed carry laws in Bernalillo County. Furthermore, there is a ban on the carrying of guns on state property, including state buildings, schools, and parks.
The order makes exceptions for security guards and other law enforcement officials. The ban went into effect immediately and will be in effect for 30 days if it survives the legal challenges waiting in the wing [more on that later].
The Reasoning Behind the Ban
The reason for the ban according to Gov. Grisham is a recent spike in shootings in the Albuquerque area. One incident saw an 11-year-old boy killed outside a minor league baseball game.
‘When New Mexicans are afraid to be in crowds, to take their kids to school, to leave a baseball game – when their very right to exist is threatened by the prospect of violence at every turn – something is very wrong.’
The doom and gloom diction by the governor is par for the course for the anti-gun lobby. Their propensity to employ fear tactics and catastrophic rhetoric is nothing new. Any time gun violence occurs, the left circles the wagons with cries for gun control.
Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said the state police will handle violations of the order, which could result in fines of up to $5,000.
In contrast, Bernalillo County police will not enforce the order, according to its Sheriff John Allen. The man didn’t mince words:
‘They won’t enforce it. It’s unconstitutional. I’m trying to look at solutions to address gun violence directly and not be overshadowed by a court order that is not going to be enforceable. I’m telling you that right now, it’s going to be a waste of time.’
Allen went on to say:
‘This order will not do anything to curb gun violence other than punish law-abiding citizens from their constitutional right to self-defense.’
It’s refreshing to see an elected official take a pragmatic stance on a volatile issue like gun control. Too many elected officials pander to woke liberals who want nothing more than to unarm law-abiding Americans.
Just as impressive were the comments of Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.). Lieu took to Musk’s X shortly after the signing of the emergency order.
‘I support gun safety laws. However, this order from the Governor of New Mexico violates the U.S. Constitution. No state in the union can suspend the federal Constitution. There is no such thing as a state public health emergency exception to the U.S. Constitution.’
Lieu proves that not all Democrats lack common sense when the issue of gun violence comes up.
Between the Lines
A shred of critical thinking uncovers what’s really happening here: a gun control pilot project. Should citizens allow this to manifest, expect other left-leaning anti-gun states to try and implement the same thing.
However, not all is lost. In a recent development, a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order suspending Gov. Grisham’s order early Wednesday morning. The judge’s decision blocks enforcement of the governor’s ban until Oct. 3.
The ruling cited the governor’s order as unconstitutional and in direct conflict with the Second Amendment. You don’t say?
Currently, at least four lawsuits have been filed in federal court. Notable plaintiffs include the National Association for Gun Rights, as well as We The Patriots USA. The backlash amid the governor’s ban was swift and shows no signs of stalling.
The Right of the People comes up a few times in The Constitution. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms.” Does The Second Amendment secure an individual right to bear arms? It did when it was written, it has throughout American history, and does so today. Maybe Gov. Grisham never got the memo.
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