New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s recent decision to ban open and concealed carry for 30 days in Albuquerque has sparked widespread controversy and bipartisan opposition. This move has surprisingly brought Republicans and Democrats together in opposition to her action, highlighting the extent of the discontent among New Mexico residents.
Even prominent gun control advocate David Hogg expressed disagreement with Lujan Grisham’s decision, showcasing the overreach that this move represents. It takes a significant level of government overreach to lose the support of someone like Hogg on gun control matters.
Moreover, Lujan Grisham is facing resistance within her own party. New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez announced that his office would not defend the order, asserting that it infringes on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens, and he questioned how the ban would effectively reduce gun violence.
Sheriff John Allen, a Democrat who leads New Mexico’s most populous county, also stated that he would not enforce the ban. This widespread opposition from local law enforcement and political leaders within her own party makes it clear that Lujan Grisham’s policy decision was deeply flawed.
Despite facing significant pushback, Lujan Grisham has not backed down from her position. She continues to advocate for the ban, even though six lawsuits have already been filed against it. Her attorney general’s refusal to defend the ban further complicates her stance.
Critics argue that Lujan Grisham’s actions demonstrate a disregard for the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. They emphasize that depriving citizens of their Second Amendment rights will not effectively address criminal behavior. While she continues to advocate for gun control measures, many believe that her ultimate goal is the disarmament of legal gun owners. This move has isolated the governor and has led to significant backlash within her state.