(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – In a win for Second Amendment gun rights and a blow to their enemies, a federal judge has blocked an order by New Mexico’s Democrat governor that suspended the right to carry firearms in the state’s biggest city.
At the end of last week, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a public health emergency order suspending the right to open and concealed carry of guns in Albuquerque’s Bernalillo County.
Grisham justified her order with several recent shootings in Albuquerque, making clear she was prepared to extend it after the original 30-day period passed.
Several legal challenges against her anti-gun order were filed immediately. On Wednesday, New Mexico US District Judge David Urias blocked its provisions suspending open and concealed carry in Bernalillo County, KATO Action News reports.
Urias, a Biden appointee, sided with the plaintiffs, insisting that Grisham’s order had violated Americans’ constitutional rights.
The judge said he acknowledged that the government sought to take measures over “these terrible deaths. However, he noted his obligation was to rule on a much narrower issue about Americans’ rights under the Constitution.
The Associated Press reports that his temporary restraining order blocked Grisham’s suspension of concealed carry until a new hearing early next month.
“The Second Amendment has no exception. It has no part that says as long as a state governor can issue an emergency, you’re allowed to take our citizens’ firearms,” stresses Albuquerque lawyer Jason Bowles, who represents the National Association for Gun Rights in its challenge of Grisham’s order.
New Mexico’s government reacted to the judge’s decision by vowing to implement other measures different from her concealed carry ban to tackle gun violence.
“Today, a judge temporarily blocked sections of our public health order but recognized the significant problem of gun violence in this state, particularly involving the deaths of children. I refuse to be resigned to the status quo,” she declared.
“To be clear: gun violence and drug abuse are acute threats to public health and safety in this state. We will stay the course by increasing State Police presence in Bernalillo County, arresting the hundreds of violent offenders with outstanding warrants still on our streets, and directing our healthcare system to immediately expand capacity to accept persons experiencing drug addiction and homelessness,” Grisham said.
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