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New Mexico Governor Temporarily Suspends Concealed And Open Carry In One County

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The Democrat governor of New Mexico has caused a massive controversy by using an “emergency order” for “public health” to temporarily suspend open and concealed carry in Albuquerque.

After an 11-year-old boy was shot and killed near a minor league baseball stadium this week the governor said she was using her emergency powers to temporarily suspend these rights, Fox News reported.

Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said that the suspension in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County for a minimum of 30 days.

“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 governor said.

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“The suspension was classified as an emergency public health order, and applies to open and concealed carry in most public places, excluding police and licensed security guards. The restriction is connected to a threshold for violent crime rates met only by the Albuquerque area,” Fox News said.

The governor said she knew there would be legal challenges to her order and she said she welcomed them.

She said the order is ” going to pose incredible challenges for me as a governor and as a state.”

“I welcome the debate and fight about how to make New Mexicans safer,” she said.

The New Mexico chapter of the National Rifle Association responded to the order in a letter to its members.

Late Friday, anti-gun Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that she will attempt to institute and enforce an unconstitutional 30-day ban on open and concealed carry of firearms in public places in Bernalillo County. She apparently intends to accomplish this by administrative fiat under the guise of a public health emergency, which she declared in response to her and her political sidekick, Mayor Tim Keller’s inability to control the violent crime situation in Albuquerque that is a direct result of their failed “soft on crime” policies. She also stated that State Police officers will be sent to the affected area to enforce this so-called “civil order,” a violation of which would amount to misdemeanor. That would be because local law enforcement is not on board with her radical edict and are distancing themselves from this lame-duck governor while walking a political tight rope:

From the Sheriff of Bernalillo County, who was endorsed by Everytown/Moms Demand Action and who supports the state’s red flag gun confiscation laws:

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“While I understand and appreciate the urgency, the temporary ban challenges the foundation of our constitution, which I swore an oath to uphold,” [Sheriff John] Allen said. “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 Albuquerque Police Department has punted enforcement of the ban to the Lujan Grisham-controlled State Police: “The governor issued a 30-day state order that limits gun possession in Bernalillo County, including the City of Albuquerque. The governor made it clear that state law enforcement, and not APD, will be responsible for enforcement of civil violations of that order.”  

This has become a chess game of accountability while your rights hang in the balance.

Lujan Grisham has demonstrated a complete disregard for the Second Amendment rights of New Mexicans and a willingness to shred the New Mexico Constitution and the U.S. Constitution in the name of a public health emergency before. NRA-ILA will keep you posted on any further developments. In the meantime, contact the Governor’s office and Mayor Keller’s office and let them know that it’s already illegal for criminals to carry guns and that you oppose this outrageous and unconstitutional attack on the rights of law-abiding residents of Bernalillo County to protect themselves and their families.

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