New Mexico Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham attempted to narrow her order suspending conceal and open firearm carry rights to apply only to public parks and playgrounds.
Lujan Grisham’s announcement follows a federal judge temporarily blocking her original “emergency public health order” to suspend 2nd amendment rights.
“I have amended the public health order to specify that you cannot carry #guns in city parks or playgrounds in Albuquerque & Bernalillo Co. I respect the judge’s decision on the last public order, but I am far from done fighting to protect New Mexicans,” Grisham wrote Friday.
I have amended the public health order to specify that you cannot carry #guns in city parks or playgrounds in Albuquerque & Bernalillo Co. I respect the judge's decision on the last public order, but I am far from done fighting to protect New Mexicans. https://t.co/Ox2nNIilrs
— Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) September 15, 2023
She said at a press conference the order “is amended to be focused now (on) no open or concealed carry in public parks or playgrounds, where we know we’ve got high risk of kids and families.”
Amended restrictions on firearms do not apply to parklands overseen by the State Land Office and the state parks division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, the governor’s office said. The agencies oversee dozens of recreation areas, from a nature center in Albuquerque to remote mountain and lakeside campgrounds.
U.S. District Judge David Urias said Wednesday that the governor’s original order was likely to cause irreparable harm to people deprived of the right to carry a gun in public for self-defense, granting a temporary restraining order to block the suspension of gun rights until another hearing is held in early October. Further deliberations are scheduled in U.S. District for early October.
Lujan Grisham chose not to repeal gun restrictions entirely, noted Hannah Hill, executive director of the National Foundation for Gun Rights, which is challenging the order in federal court.
But the governor “is still trying to suspend public carry by executive order, and this should not be seen as a good-faith attempt to comply with the court’s restraining order,” Hill said in an email.
At least a half dozen lawsuits are challenging provisions of the governor’s original order, including a petition to the New Mexico Supreme Court filed Thursday jointly by Republican state legislators, the state Republican Party and the National Rifle Association.
Despite the more narrow order, the governor will surely still face blowback from anyone defending their inalienable right to self-defense.
A public servant has no authority to define the spaces where you have the right to self-defense.
The Santa Fe New Mexican added:
She acknowledged New Mexico law allows residents to legally carry firearms but noted police cannot always tell the “good guys from the bad guys.”
Her amended public health order directs state agencies to assist the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center “to ensure adequate staffing, space, and screening for arrested and incarcerated individuals” and requires managed care organizations to make sure New Mexico patients who need treatment for drug or alcohol addiction receive services within 24 hours of the request.Advertisement
The governor’s announcement of the changes came two days after a federal judge blocked her executive order prohibiting guns in response to numerous federal lawsuits filed over the measure this week.
U.S. District Judge David Herrera Urias said he will make a final determination about the order at a court hearing in October.
Lujan Grisham acknowledged the judge’s action played a role in her decision to amend the public health order.