As 100 Percent Fed Up reported, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an “emergency order” to temporarily suspend open and concealed carry laws in Albuquerque and throughout Bernalillo County for the next 30 days.
Grisham called the move an “emergency public health order.”
No “emergency” trumps our inalienable rights, including the right to self-defense.
Every man and woman must not comply with this dictatorial order.
“Today I issued a 30-day ban on the open & concealed carrying of guns in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Gun violence is killing between 2 and 3 children every month in NM – every single one of these deaths is unconscionable and they must stop,” Grisham stated Friday.
Today I issued a 30-day ban on the open & concealed carrying of guns in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Gun violence is killing between 2 and 3 children every month in NM – every single one of these deaths is unconscionable and they must stop. https://t.co/KJdXUMBVaG
— Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) September 9, 2023
Grisham’s attempt to “suspend” the inalienable rights of her constituents will not deter gun violence.
Grisham sounds like a dictator in this press conference, where she foolishly claims an “emergency” gives her the power to invoke restrictions on free speech.
REPORTER: “If someone’s got a concealed carry permit in Albuquerque, walking down a public street, they’re not gonna get arrested.”
NM GOV. GRISHAM: “Maybe they should be…”
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 9, 2023
Grisham is a public servant. She works for the men and women of New Mexico.
Her ONLY job is to defend the inalienable rights of the people who hired her.
She swore an oath to the U.S. and New Mexico Constitutions to defend her constituents’ God-given rights.
If she steps outside her box, the people must hold her accountable.
Sheriffs have a duty to defend the people against foreign and domestic threats.
This is a domestic threat against the people’s rights.
Lujan Grisham said state police would be responsible for enforcing what amount to civil violations. Albuquerque police Chief Harold Medina said he won’t enforce it, and Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen said he’s uneasy about it because it raises too many questions about constitutional rights.
The firearms suspension, classified as an emergency public health order, applies to open and concealed carry in most public places, from city sidewalks to urban recreational parks. The restriction is tied to a threshold for violent crime rates currently only met by the metropolitan Albuquerque. Police and licensed security guards are exempt from the temporary ban.
Violators could face civil penalties and a fine of up to $5,000, gubernatorial spokeswoman Caroline Sweeney said. 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.
Lujan Grisham acknowledged not all law enforcement officials were on board with her decision.
County sheriff’s, sheriff’s deputies, and policy enforcers (police officers) all take an oath to the same founding documents as the governor.
If they comply with her order, they’re equally complicit with tyranny.
Governor Grisham has effectively suspended the 2nd Amendment in her state using by using COVID “emergency authority.”
Are there any constitutional Sheriffs in New Mexico who will protect their citizens from this tyrannical maniac?
— Mises Caucus (@LPMisesCaucus) September 9, 2023
Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen issued a statement in response to the order:
“Today, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an emergency order temporarily suspending open and concealed carry laws in Albuquerque and throughout Bernalillo County for the next 30 days. This move has been positioned as a response to the alarming and tragic rise in gun violence, particularly the heart-wrenching death of an 11-year-old boy this past week. First and foremost, every lost life is a tragedy, and the well-being of our community is of paramount concern to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. We share in the collective grief and urgency to address this issue,” he said.
“However, as the elected Sheriff, I have reservations regarding this order. While I understand and appreciate the urgency, the temporary ban challenges the foundation of our Constitution, which I swore an oath to uphold. 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,” he continued.
“I was elected to represent and safeguard all constituents and to ensure the balance between our rights and public safety is maintained. That means we must critically evaluate any proposed solution to the deeply rooted issue of gun violence, ensuring we both protect our community and uphold the values that define us as a nation.”
“In conclusion, while we might not be in complete alignment with the Governor’s recent order, we remain steadfast in our commitment to work collaboratively, both with her office and with the community, to find sustainable solutions to the gun violence epidemic plaguing our county. It is through robust dialogues, open-mindedness, and the shared goal of a safer Bernalillo County that we will find our way forward,” he added.
Read the full statement:
Today, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an emergency order temporarily suspending open and concealed carry laws in Albuquerque and throughout Bernalillo County for the next 30 days. This move has been positioned as a response to the alarming and tragic rise in gun violence,… pic.twitter.com/prfHGdISS1
— BCSO (Sheriff) NM (@BCSONM) September 9, 2023