Democrat Governor Suspends Second Amendment Rights in New Mexico
Under the guise of a “public health emergency,” Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham attempted to unilaterally suspend the Second Amendment rights of New Mexicans. This controversial move has sparked outrage and debate across the state.
Suspension of Concealed and Open-Carry
In a surprising executive order, Governor Grisham announced a 30-day suspension of concealed and open-carry in Bernalillo County, the most populated region in New Mexico. This decision comes after three recent shootings in the area, which the governor cited as justification for the temporary suspension.
Grisham’s press release stated, “The time for standard measures has passed. 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, it’s appropriate to suspend their right to defend themselves.”
Elite Hypocrisy and Constitutional Concerns
This is not the first time Governor Grisham has faced criticism for her actions. During the coronavirus lockdowns, she infamously opened a jewelry store for personal shopping while “non-essential” businesses were closed. This history of elite hypocrisy has only fueled the backlash against her latest order.
Legal experts and politicians from both sides of the aisle have raised concerns about the constitutionality of the governor’s actions. Amy Swearer, a senior legal fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, called the order “completely unconstitutional” and pointed out the illogical nature of disarming law-abiding citizens while criminals remain armed.
Even Democrats, such as California Rep. Ted Lieu and anti-Second Amendment activist David Hogg, have criticized the governor’s order, emphasizing that no state can suspend the federal Constitution.
Legal Challenges and Calls for Impeachment
The National Association for Guns Rights wasted no time in filing a lawsuit against the state, arguing that the “public health” order violates Americans’ constitutional rights. Additionally, two New Mexico state lawmakers have called for Governor Grisham’s impeachment in response to her controversial decision.
Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist and the author of Social Justice Redux, a conservative newsletter on culture, health, and wellness. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at [email protected]. Sign up for Tristan’s email newsletter here.
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