As a lawsuit challenges New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s headline-grabbing order barring legal gun owners from carrying their guns in and around Albuquerque, a top prosecutor says he wants nothing to do with the edict.
On Friday, Lujan Grisham issued an order that had the effect of banning people from carrying guns in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County for at least 30 days. Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, said he issued it emergency health order in response to recent shootings that included the death of an 11-year-old boy.
Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman said Saturday that he, along with Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and Police Chief Harold Medina, would not enforce the order, according to the Associated Press.
“As an officer of the court, I cannot and will not enforce something that is clearly unconstitutional,” he said.
“This office will continue to focus on criminals of any age who use weapons in the commission of a crime,” he continued.
Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen said yes discomfort about the order
“I am wary of placing my deputies in positions that could lead to civil liability conflicts, as well as the potential risks of denying law-abiding citizens their constitutional right to self-defense,” he said.
As law enforcement officers withdrew from the order, the first lawsuit was filed against her.
The National Gun Rights Association and Foster Haines, a member who lives in Albuquerque, filed in U.S. District Court asking that the order be immediately blocked.
Is Grisham’s order unconstitutional?
Yes: 99% (1687 Votes)
No: 1% (14 Votes)
Dudley Brown, founder and chairman of the group, said Lujan Grisham broke the Constitution.
“He must be held accountable for stripping millions of people of their God-given rights with the stroke of a pen,” he said.
Two New Mexico lawmakers have called for the impeachment of gun-toting gunman Michelle Lujan Grisham:
“Our governor called open season on law-abiding citizens by subverting the state and federal constitutions. This needs to be fixed immediately.” pic.twitter.com/UC271PZdtQ
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePress) September 10, 2023
Gun store owner said he couldn’t follow the logic of Lujan Grisham’s order, according to KOB-TV.
“My initial reaction was kind of scared, because people who have gone through concealed carry courses and spent time learning how to properly handle firearms, they’re not the problem,” said Ryan Burt, CEO of Calibers. .
“The people who are doing what they’re doing in our community, it’s horrible. Unbelievable. I don’t even know what to say, and it’s those individuals that I don’t think are going to follow that order,” he said.
Burt said his business has been hurt by the order.
“We’ve had hundreds of phone calls, people canceling their classes, people not willing to come down because they don’t understand what’s going on. Normally, we would be pretty full on a Saturday. And as you can see, we are not very full today. So it’s having an impact,” Burt said.
When politicians overstep their authority in times of crisis, that’s how we lose our country.
Governor Lujan Grisham vowed to uphold the US Constitution. She is directly breaking that oath.
This is tyranny, not leadership. https://t.co/kZmy2EI6zX
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) September 10, 2023
Lujan Grisham said The New York Times that she was under his authority.
“I have emergency powers. Gun violence is an epidemic. So it’s an emergency,” he said.
When he issued the order, he said: “No constitutional right, in my view, including my oath, is intended to be absolute,” he said. Fox News.
Asked if he expected criminals to follow his edict, he replied, “Uh, no.”