NRA denounces New Mexico governor’s emergency order suspending open carry

NRA denounces New Mexico governor's emergency order suspending open carry
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The National Rifle Association has strongly criticized New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s emergency order temporarily banning open carry of firearms in Albuquerque, calling it an “unconstitutional overreach”.

NRA: Governor is ignoring the Constitution

In a statement provided to Fox News, NRA Executive Director Randy Kozuch said “In a shocking move, Governor Lujan Grisham is suspending Second Amendment rights by administrative fiat, ignoring the U.S. Constitution and the New Mexico Constitution.”

Kozuch argued that instead of undermining law-abiding citizens’ rights, the governor should look at “soft-on-criminal policies which truly endanger” New Mexicans.

The NRA has also slammed the governor’s comments that “no constitutional right is intended to be absolute.” In a post on Twitter, the organization said “The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed” is unambiguous.

Others criticize order as ineffective and overreach

Other gun rights groups have also condemned the 30-day suspension order. The National Association for Gun Rights filed a lawsuit against Governor Grisham, alleging violation of constitutional rights.

The US Concealed Carry Association said the order “only serves to punish law-abiding gun owners” and the governor “lacks the constitutional authority” for such a move.

Critics argue criminals will not follow the order, and question its effectiveness in reducing crime. Data from the Albuquerque Police Department shows homicides are down this year compared to 2021, undermining claims of an emergency situation.

Governor cites child deaths in pushing order

Governor Grisham issued the order on September 9th, citing the recent fatal shootings of three children – ages 5, 11 and 13. She said current measures were not working and communities felt unsafe.

However, the order only applies to Bernalillo County and its expiration date of October 10th has led to claims it is more of a political reaction than long-term solution.

The governor’s office maintains she has authority under state law during emergencies. A spokesperson told Fox News the order “does not suspend the Constitution.”

Legal challenges are expected to continue over whether Governor Grisham overstepped her powers with the temporary open carry suspension. The NRA vows to defend gun owners’ rights in New Mexico.

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