New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, has issued a controversial executive order temporarily banning open and concealed carry of firearms in Albuquerque and its surrounding areas for at least 30 days. This move comes in response to a recent tragedy where a child lost their life in a road rage incident, prompting Grisham to declare gun violence a public health emergency in the state.
The executive order, signed by Governor Grisham on Thursday, has faced immediate scrutiny, with critics arguing that it infringes upon Second Amendment rights. The Governor herself acknowledged the potential legal challenges, stating, “I can’t tell you that we win it given all of the different challenges to gun violence laws and restrictions on individual firearm access and control.”
When questioned about the constitutionality of her decision to override existing laws, Grisham defended her actions, citing her authority during a declared emergency. She argued that no constitutional right, including the Second Amendment, is absolute, and that restrictions on rights, such as free speech, exist in various forms.
The Governor’s actions have drawn mixed reactions. Supporters argue that urgent measures are needed to address the rising gun violence problem in the state, which has claimed the lives of innocent individuals, including an 11-year-old child. Grisham emphasized the urgency of her decision by saying, “If this climate is so out of control, somebody should do something. I’m doing as much as I know to do.”
This is illegal and she needs to be removed from office immediately. https://t.co/pr81awRFju
— Kevin Sorbo (@ksorbs) September 9, 2023
However, skeptics question the effectiveness of the temporary ban, with one reporter challenging the notion that criminals would heed such a measure. Grisham acknowledged that her executive order might not deter criminals from carrying firearms during the 30-day period.
She was asked by a reporter: “Do you really think that criminals are going to hear this message and not carry a gun in Albuquerque on the streets for 30 days?”
“Uhhh, no,” she answered.
Things are getting
— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) September 11, 2023