Never let a crisis go to waste. So the criminals and gang bangers are shooting up the city of Albuquerque, NM, so what does Gov. Lujan Grisham (pictured above) do? She bans the good guys from carrying the means with which to fight back against criminals.
Whose side is she on?
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday issued an emergency order suspending the right to carry firearms in public across Albuquerque and the surrounding county for at least 30 days in response to a spate of gun violence.
The Democratic governor said she expects legal challenges but was compelled to act because of recent shootings, including the death of an 11-year-old boy outside a minor league baseball stadium this week.
Lujan Grisham said state police would be responsible for enforcing what amount to civil violations. Albuquerque police Chief Harold Medina said he won’t enforce it, and Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen said he’s uneasy about it because it raises too many questions about constitutional rights.
The firearms suspension, classified as an emergency public health order, applies to open and concealed carry in most public places, from city sidewalks to urban recreational parks. The restriction is tied to a threshold for violent crime rates currently only met by the metropolitan Albuquerque. Police and licensed security guards are exempt from the temporary ban.
Rest assured the Brandon Johnson and J.B. Pritzker are watching to see how well this trial balloon flies.
Or how long.
Today, I signed an executive order declaring gun violence a public health emergency. To my fellow citizens: get loud. Step up. Demand change: from your neighbors, from your friends, from your communities, from your elected leaders. Enough is enough. More coming from me tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/jOt4fv4YDC
— Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) September 7, 2023
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 9, 2023
Of course you are. pic.twitter.com/ZayrBA3WEx
— USNVET (@Redaler06632630) September 7, 2023
And last but not least… from the Firearms Policy Coalition