New Mexico governor suspends concealed carry

 September 10, 2023

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) issued an executive order Friday suspending the concealed carry and open carry of guns in Albuquerque for 30 days.

The decision was reportedly made due to gun violence in the city.

The details

"The order came days after an 11-year-old boy was murdered in Albuquerque," Breitbart News reported.

"Albuquerque police chief Harold Medina responded to the governor’s order by making clear he will not enforce it. Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen indicated he is concerned the order violates New Mexicans’ constitutional rights," it added.

The governor's words

“The nature and volume of these crimes require focused attention from the federal government,” Grisham said.

“No constitutional right, in my view, including my oath, is intended to be absolute,” she said, adding, “There are restrictions on free speech; there are restrictions on my freedoms.”

The consequences

"Violators could face civil penalties and a fine of up to $5,000, gubernatorial spokeswoman Caroline Sweeney said," the Associated Press noted.

"Under the order, residents still can transport guns to some private locations, such as a gun range or gun store, provided the firearm has a trigger lock or some other container or mechanism making it impossible to discharge," it continued.

Second Amendment groups are likely to file lawsuits against the new order, noting the government overreach against the rights of legal gun owners.

The idea of using a public health order to ban guns in an American city is concerning. Those opposing Second Amendment rights could quickly seek to spread the practice to other cities and entire states if the order stands in court.

The governor is right to be upset over gun violence in her state but her action to stop all gun owners from carrying is not the solution. She has now created a new problem, including one that could backfire in her working relationship with law enforcement across the state. The issue is also likely to lead to legal actions against the state that will cause more negatives and than positives in her efforts to lead the state.

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