What happens when an American politician suspends a fundamental constitutional right?
All hell breaks loose.
@RepBlock and I have asked legal counsel to start the impeachment process for @GovMLG for her violation of oath of office by mandating the ban of all firearms (even with concealed carry) in Bernalillo County.
However, when asked about a previous impeachment, the last House… https://t.co/0uF5MnXLbM
— Rep Stefani Lord (@Lord4NM) September 9, 2023
The county sheriff says, “eh, no thanks.”
Today, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an emergency order temporarily suspending open and concealed carry laws in Albuquerque and throughout Bernalillo County for the next 30 days. This move has been positioned as a response to the alarming and tragic rise in gun violence,… pic.twitter.com/prfHGdISS1
— BCSO (Sheriff) NM (@BCSONM) September 9, 2023
The Albuquerque PD says, “we’re not gonna do it.”
Chief Medina sent the following message to APD officers about the governor’s state order on gun possession. pic.twitter.com/kUIptQhFZL
— Albuquerque Police Department (@ABQPOLICE) September 9, 2023
Even the New Mexico State Police are remaining mum on their twitter page.
Their most recent post was September 7 (as of 1:26pm September 9th).
TTAG spoke with with representatives of both the Second Amendment Foundation and the National Association for Gun Rights this morning. Both are spinning up their own challenges as well and plan to file for injunctions to block enforcement of the ban as soon as their legal ducks can be put in a row. Other gun rights orgs will likely also be involved as well.
Grisham’s power-grab — declaring that guns are a “pubic health emergency” and then using that pretense to suspend the exercise of an enumerated civil right — should be the kind of bridge-too-far blunder that ends a political career. In the old days (ten or more years ago) that might have been the case.
Now, however, this kind of bold-faced authoritarianism in the service of civilian disarmament is the kind of thing that will make her a celebrity on the far left, cheered on by the media.
Indeed, the sooner she can be removed from office the better.