NM Governor claims to have the power to cancel Bill of Rights

In a significant move to address the escalating gun violence in New Mexico, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has declared a public health emergency and issued a 30-day suspension on the public carry of firearms in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. The suspension applies to both open and concealed carry laws, with exceptions for law enforcement officers and licensed security guards.

The governor's decision comes in the wake of several tragic incidents, including the shooting deaths of three children in Albuquerque. Gun violence is cited as the leading cause of death for children and teens in New Mexico. The governor's order is applicable to cities or counties meeting specific criteria for violent crimes and firearm-related emergency department visits.

"We have an obligation to do everything in our power to combat the public health crisis of gun violence," said Governor Grisham.

However, the order has sparked controversy and criticism, particularly from gun rights activists and Republican representatives who argue that it infringes on Second Amendment rights.

"This is a violation of our nation's constitution, and steps to remove her must begin immediately," said Brenden Dilley on Twitter.

Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen expressed concerns about the order's constitutionality and its potential risks for law enforcement. Similarly, Steve Pearce, chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico, criticized the order for not protecting law-abiding citizens and their families. 

"The Governor of New Mexico has just declared the 1st & 2nd Amendment 'does not exist' due to an 'emergency.' Under this legal theory all of our 'rights' are essentially eliminated," said Benny Johnson on Twitter.

On the other hand, Miranda Viscoli, co-president of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, supports the governor's order as a necessary step to fight gun violence.

"The Governor of New Mexico just illegally suspended the 2nd Amendment in her state. This is a violation of our nation's constitution, and steps to remove her must begin immediately," said Brenden Dilley on Twitter.

Governor Grisham has acknowledged the potential for legal challenges to the order and has expressed a willingness to engage in debates about how to make New Mexicans safer.

The suspension of open and concealed carry laws is a significant development in the ongoing debate about gun control and Second Amendment rights. The order's impact on gun violence rates and its potential legal challenges will be closely watched in the coming weeks. The controversy surrounding the order underscores the deeply entrenched and polarized views on gun control in the United States. The governor's decision could potentially set a precedent for other states grappling with similar issues of gun violence.


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“As an officer of the court, I cannot and will not enforce something that is clearly unconstitutional,” said Bregman, the top prosecutor in the Albuquerque area.