New Mexico DA to Gov: ‘No!’

Concealed Carry Handgun

( – An outrageous and unconstitutional ban on carrying firearms by New Mexico’s Democrat Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, has been met with immediate resistance, with one DA, also a Democrat, announcing he would not be enforcing it.

On Friday, Grisham issued an executive order in the form of an emergency public health measure prohibiting the carrying of handguns in public for 30 days. The measure applies to Bernalillo County, which includes Albuquerque, New Mexico’s biggest city.

The ban, which covers both open and concealed carry of firearms and affected even licensed individuals, entered into force immediately. The governor suggested she would likely extend it after the initial 30-day period expired.

Grisham, who was reelected for a second term in November with 52% of the votes, justified her anti-Second Amendment move with what she said were high levels of gun violence in the state.

She said her order, which carries fines of up to $5,000, would be enforced by the state police.

However, on Saturday, Sam Bregman, the District Attorney of Bernalillo County, announced he wouldn’t enforce the governor’s concealed carry ban.

“As an officer of the court, I cannot and will not enforce something that is clearly unconstitutional,” said Bregman, a former chairman of the Democratic Party in New Mexico, who was appointed to the post by Grisham in January.

“This office will continue to focus on criminals of any age that use guns in the commission of a crime,” added the DA, as cited by AP and Breitbart News.

Besides the Bernalillo County District Attorney, other New Mexico officials also declared they wouldn’t be implementing the governor’s ban on the concealed carry of firearms. Those include Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and Police Chief Harold Medina.

Grisham’s order already faces three court challenges, including one from the National Association of Gun Rights (NAGR) filed in a U.S. District Court in New Mexico.

“[The New Mexico Governor] needs to be held accountable for stripping the God-given rights of millions away with the stroke of a pen,” declared Dudley Brown, founder and president of NAGR, as cited by NBC 5.

Jessica Levinson, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, told AP that she was unaware of any other governor taking a step on gun rights that was as restrictive as Grisham’s order.