Judge issues order against New Mexico's gun-carry ban

September 14, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order against New Mexico Gov. Michelle Grisham's executive order banning the carry of any guns in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

The Second Amendment Foundation said District Judge David H. Urias approved the TRO after it sued to fight Grisham's edict.

Her decision, based on her opinion that there was a public health emergency, was aimed at suspending the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The order lasts until Oct. 3, when a hearing is scheduled on a request for a preliminary injunction.

SAF is joined in the action by the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association, Firearms Policy Coalition, and a private citizen, Zachary Fort, who resides in Bernalillo County.

Defendants are Grisham, 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.

"We are delighted that the court wasted no time in clamping down on Gov. Lujan Grisham’s clearly unconstitutional suspension of Second Amendment rights," said SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb. "No governor has the authority to arbitrarily deny constitutional rights, especially on the flimsy argument this is a public health emergency."

Adam Kraut, the organization's executive director, said, "The order was so patently unconstitutional, even gun control advocates have been distancing themselves from her actions. We look forward to prevailing in this case as it continues."

Grisham's move was met by announcements from the local sheriff, police chief, and district attorney that they would refuse to enforce her order because of its lack of constitutionality.

WND reported a day earlier on Grisham's campaign to, by executive fiat, kill the Second Amendment.

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