On Saturday, District Attorney Sam Bregman of Bernalillo County, New Mexico, made it apparent that he would not be enforcing the 30-day concealed carry prohibition imposed by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D).
On September 8, Grisham issued her order, and it took effect immediately. Both concealed and open firearm carry are prohibited under this order.
A report shows that on Saturday, D.A. Bregman opposed the ban and said he would not execute it because he can’t and won’t enforce anything that is manifestly unlawful as an officer of the court. However, the use of firearms in the conduct of crime is a priority for his agency, he said.
Belen, New Mexico’s state senator Greg Baca protested on social media that a child had been slain, and the killer was at large, but the governor issued an unconstitutional firearms order that mainly impacts law-abiding persons.
In response to the governor’s directive, Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina made it apparent that he would not be carrying it out.
Sheriff John Allen of Bernalillo County said that his department would not enforce the restriction.
Many gun rights organizations responded by filing lawsuits to overturn the decree. There have been at least four lawsuits filed in federal court, with plaintiffs including the National Association for Gun Rights, the Gun Owners Foundation, and We The Patriots USA.
An update shows that a federal court has temporarily restrained the ban on firearms issued by the New Mexico Governor.
A judge issued a temporary restraining order barring implementation of the governor’s prohibition until October 3 during a motion hearing on the lawsuits on Wednesday afternoon in Albuquerque.
Senate Republican leader Greg Baca was pleased with the verdict because, as the court noted, the governor’s decree violated the Second Amendment.
Stefani Lord and John Block, Republicans in the state legislature, have called to impeach the governor for her actions.