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Albuquerque, September 8th—Today, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order to ban open and concealed carry of firearms in Albuquerque and Bernalillo Counties as part of her declared public health emergency for gun violence in New Mexico. 

According to the Governor, she will reevaluate and renew her public health order every 30 days. The order is for all of New Mexico, but only Albuquerque currently meets the requirements of 1,000 violent crimes per 100,000 people and more than 90 firearm-related emergency department visits for the ban to apply.

The Governor’s order violates gun rights within the New Mexico Constitution and the Concealed Handgun Carry Act of 2003, which guarantees the concealed handgun rights of New Mexicans who qualify for and obtain a permit.

The Governor admitted she knew her order is unconstitutional, stating she wasn’t sure she would win a legal challenge against it.

“She knew her order was illegal but did it anyway, just like the lawbreakers in our state. Criminals won’t be affected by more laws since they don’t follow our laws now nor are they held responsible for breaking any of them,” said Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce.

“This order removes protection from law-abiding New Mexican gun owners, leaving them and their families vulnerable in a city with the highest violent crime. How does that make sense?

Dangerous criminals won’t be affected by the Governor’s order and will continue to prey on vulnerable targets. Those who will be affected are the many responsible, gun-carrying women and mothers who will be left defenseless and unable to protect themselves and their children.

The Governor has let violent criminals out of prison. She weakened our police. She and the Democratic legislature allowed softer penalties for violent crime while stopping tough crime bills from passing. We have an open border where fentanyl and deadly drugs pour onto our streets and a mental health crisis exacerbated by the Governor’s lockdowns.

This violent crime crisis is most prominent in blue cities nationwide, like Albuquerque, directly resulting from weak Democratic policy. Instead of reversing her failed approach, the Governor strips the rights of responsible gun-owning New Mexicans.

Her order puts citizens in a dangerous situation and is outright illegal. We expect to see the Governor’s order challenged and defeated in court.”

  • Howy says:

    OK. Si what are you going to do about it other than fund-raise and pontificate?

  • Carl says:

    You had better stop this communist now!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jimr says:

    I don’t understand why the RPNM isn’t LEADING a full frontal assault on this Constitutional violation. Instead of posting a milk toast statement that will only be read by a handful of Republicans, they should be pushing for impeachment proceedings and recall petitions. This week it’s Bernalillo County, next week it will be Santa Fe county, after that Dona Ana county. By the end of the year, it will be the whole state. This needs to be stopped, and stopped fast. She says she cannot arrest all of the people committing crimes in Albuquerque, so she creates a whole new class of criminal.

    • Mred says:

      I agree 100% with you, Jimr. What can, or will, the RPNM do about MLG’s blatant disregard for the US Constitution and illegal action she has taken against the law abiding citizens of this state, either legally or criminally? At the very least, she needs to be impeached. What can we do, as citizens, to put pressure on the elected officials of our state to stop her tyrannical policies and behavior?

  • Mark Coble says:

    What will Republican leadership do? We need massive rally to support our right to self defense. My rights do not come from government.

  • JH Cole says:

    Looks like guns matter more to the GOP than community safety and people’s lives. Most voters know more guns is not a solution for gun violence.

    If Mr. Pearce really cared about law and order he would say something about Loser Trump’s 91 felony charges; if he cared about democracy he would condemn the assault on the Capitol and reassess the GOP bogus elector scam.
    Instead, the word “Trump” has not appeared in this space since August, 2020.
    Whining about Democrats without constructive alternatives and without confronting the personality cult will not grow the GOP minority in NM, just alienate more DNS voters.

    • muneshadowe says:

      Stay on point cole. We’re talking about a constitutional violation not a peaceful protest.

    • Ken says:

      Sorry my friend you are full of shit we need more law enforcement better judges and less democrats in office all we get are bad presidents and politicians. It’s really bad for a country this size we have nothing but idiots greedy. Our government is the worst mafia in the world.

  • muneshadowe says:

    Soooo…. other than beat your chest and yelling she did something wrong I do not see you folks launching a lawsuit and crying about it. As usual you nothing more than a bunch of whining cowards, where is an emergency injunction to stop her? Oh let me guess, you want us to spend OUR money not you spend DONOR money on this matter right?

  • Max says:

    If she isn’t quite literally arrested, this will be a massive failure of New Mexico Republican leadership and set a chilling precedent for the rest of the country.

  • TW says:

    It’s my understanding that a NM governor cannot be recalled, but can be impeached. Is that correct? If not, what is the correct answer?

  • Ken says:

    So when are the impeachment signatures going to start?

  • Joker in Chief says:

    RPNM is useless. It’s made up of criminals like: the 2020 fake electors, inserectionist like Coupy Griffin, and Conservative terrorists like Solomon Pena

    They are bankrupt and incapable of righting themselves much less challenging the Governor.

    GOP joke.

  • Elizabeth Munoz-Hamilton says:

    We need Republicians with “Stones” to stand up to these people. Stop with the early voting BS. We want TRUMP! We will NO LONGER Comply!

    • Trump for Prison 2024! says:

      Trump’s going to be busy breaking rocks with the chain gangs.

      What Republicans need is actual leadership not fascist and sycophants.

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