New Mexico Attorney General Refuses to Defend Controversial Gun Order
New Mexico Attorney General Raul Torrez has made a bold move by refusing to defend Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s controversial gun order in court. The emergency order, which temporarily bans carrying firearms in public spaces across Bernalillo County, is facing multiple lawsuits.
Torrez expressed his belief that the order violates both state and federal constitutions in a letter to the governor. He stated that his duty to uphold and defend the constitutional rights of every citizen takes precedence over his statutory obligation to defend state officials. Therefore, he made it clear that his office would not support the governor in the legal challenges she faces.
Lujan Grisham signed the executive order after a series of tragic shootings that claimed the lives of innocent children. However, Torrez argues that the order will not have a significant impact on public safety and questions its constitutionality.
A Call for Deliberation and Collaboration
Torrez urged the governor to engage in a more thoughtful and deliberative process with members of the New Mexico Legislature instead of taking unilateral action that infringes on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. He emphasized the need for a comprehensive approach to address the underlying dynamics driving gun violence in the community.
BREAKING: New Mexico Attorney General tells the Governor that he won’t defend her carry ban, saying “I do not believe it passes constitutional muster.” pic.twitter.com/ORat27wAvn
— Firearms Policy Coalition (@gunpolicy) September 12, 2023
Torrez’s decision aligns him with other officials who refuse to enforce or defend the order. Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen, both Democrats, have also expressed their opposition, citing concerns about the order’s constitutionality.
In response to Sheriff Allen, Lujan Grisham emphasized that her administration has provided the necessary tools to enforce the order and urged him to use them. She remains steadfast in her commitment to prioritize the safety of the people of New Mexico.
The governor’s gun order has faced criticism from national progressives as well. California Rep. Ted Lieu and gun control activist David Hogg have both argued that the order violates the U.S. Constitution.
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