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 September 15, 2023

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham folds to gun ban backlash, weakens emergency order

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) softened her emergency order banning concealed carry and open carry guns in Albuquerque just a week after signing an executive order.

The public health angered many in New Mexico as violating Second Amendment rights.

Fellow Democrats attack

"On Tuesday, the state's attorney general, also a Democrat, told Grisham in a public letter that his office would not defend her against lawsuits related to the order because of its unconstitutionality," the Blaze reported.

"Simply put, I do not believe that the Emergency Order will have any meaningful impact on public safety but, more importantly, I do not believe it passes constitutional muster," said Attorney General Raúl Torrez (D).

Ban blocked

"A federal judge has blocked part of a public health order that suspended the right to carry guns in public across New Mexico's largest metro area," KOAT-TV reported.

"The ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Judge David Urias marks a setback for Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham as she responds to several recent shootings that took the lives of children, including an 11-year-old boy as he left a minor league baseball game in Albuquerque," it added.

Calls for impeachment

"Two Republican members of the New Mexico State House of Representatives are calling for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to be impeached after she temporarily suspended open and concealed carry across Albuquerque and the surrounding Bernalillo County for at least 30 days," Fox News reported.

"Republican state Reps. Stefani Lord and John Block announced on Saturday they are calling for the governor to be impeached," it continued.

The representatives argued that there is no public health emergency exception to the Constitution, arguing that the governor's move was an act of government overreach.

Grisham's change now only applied to public parks and playgrounds in Albuquerque, softening the blow following the initial stronghanded measure.

The damage has already been done, however, by the governor, leaving her political future in question following strong attacks over her recent decision that has triggered a strong response from gun owners nationwide.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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