Backlash continues following NM gov's gun ban

September 11, 2023
Robert Ayers

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) continues to face significant criticism for her gun ban, with some even suggesting that she ought to be impeached. 

This all started last week when Grisham issued an emergency order that took away the right of New Mexico residents to carry guns in certain parts of the state.

Fox News reported:

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, issued an emergency order on Friday suspending the right to carry guns in public across Albuquerque and the surrounding Bernalillo County for at least 30 days following recent instances of gun violence.

Anyone who violates the ban could be hit with civil penalties and a fine of up to $5,000.

What about the Second Amendment?

As soon as the ban was announced, Grisham faced significant criticism for the obvious reason that her emergency order appeared to be at odds with the Second Amendment.

As alluded to above, Grisham has attempted to justify the emergency order by claiming that it is necessary to address a number of recent gun-related deaths, particularly recent shootings that involved the deaths of innocent children.

But, this has raised some significant Constitutional questions, including: "Is there an emergency order exception to the Second Amendment?" and "If there is, would this emergency qualify?"

Grisham was pressed on these questions by reporters. And, in the process, Grisham made her answer known.

"No constitutional right, in my view, including my oath, is intended to be absolute," Grisham said.


The intensity of the backlash that Grisham was facing significantly increased after she made this comment. Some even argued that the comment could be grounds for removing Grisham from office.

Elon Musk, for example, tweeted: "At risk of stating what should be obvious, deliberately violating the Constitution is next-level illegal. How soon can this person be removed from office?"

To show just how outrageous Grisham's comment and ban are, here's what David Hogg - the well-known gun control activist - has said about it: "I support gun safety but there is no such thing as a state public health emergency exception to the U.S. Constitution."

It was expected that Grisham's order would face legal challenges, and it is. The National Association of Gun Rights and an Albuquerque resident have already filed one lawsuit against the order. At the moment, some law enforcement officers in New Mexico have simply decided not to enforce the order.

It remains to be seen, however, whether New Mexico's legislature will look to remove Grisham. Surely, openly defying the U.S. Constitution has to be grounds for such a removal.

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