Governor sued for trying to kill 2nd Amendment

September 12, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

The governor of New Mexico, who decided to, by executive fiat, kill the Second Amendment, now is being sued for her arbitrary actions.

It is the Second Amendment Foundation that has filed a federal case against Michelle Lujan Grisham, the governor of New Mexico, and other officials.

The charges are that the governor's "emergency order" that prohibits open and concealed carry in Albuquerque and surrounding Bernalillo County, which has been legal, violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Also the 14th Amendment.

The organization announced that it is being joined by the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association, Firearms Policy Coalition and a private citizen, Zachary Fort, who resides in Bernalillo County.

They are represented by Jordon George of Aragon Moss George Jenkins, LLP who has also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. The lawsuit and motion were filed in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico.

"Despite her clams to the contrary," said SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb, "Gov. Grisham does not have the authority to 'suspend' the Second Amendment for an alleged public health emergency or any other reason. Neither do any of the other defendants, nor can they legally enforce such a suspension."

Adam Kraut, the executive director of SAF, said, "Evidently, Gov. Lujan Grisham believes she can disregard the Constitution to further her own political views. We’re taking action to stop this unconstitutional exercise of power in its tracks, because it is a flagrant violation of the right of individual citizens to carry firearms in public for personal defense."

He explained the motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction will stop the state "from further causing injury…"

Other defendants are Patrick M. Allen, cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health; Jason R. Bowie, cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, and W. Troy Weisler, chief of the New Mexico State Police. They are all sued individually and in their official capacities.

When the governor imposed the order, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported she was banning non-law enforcement personnel from carrying firearms, either openly or concealed, regardless of whether any individual gun owner has a permit to carry.

She stated that "no person, other than a law enforcement officer or licensed security officer, shall possess a firearm … either openly or concealed, within cities or counties averaging 1,000 or more violent crimes per 100,000 residents per year since 2021."

Multiple legal experts immediate suggested she was out of line, including legal pundit Johnathan Turley warning the order was "flagrantly unconstitutional under existing Second Amendment precedent."

WND reported that the local sheriff, John Allen, didn't respond well to the Democrat governor's power grab.

He called it unconstitutional, and he was joined by others.

The Blaze reported "dozens of gun rights activists gathered in Old Town Albuquerque to voice their displeasure with Gov. Grisham's 30-day suspension of open and concealed carry laws that went into effect in the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County."

The report noted, "Many of the protesters openly displayed their firearms in a deliberate defiance of Grisham's decree."

A man was holding a sign addressed to Grisham that read: "Our founding fathers warned us about you." Another sign said, "Gun rights are women's rights."

The protesters' bottom line, based on what one protester said, was, "We will not comply!"

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