Democrats and Republicans have voiced opposition to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s decision to suspend the right to openly and covertly carry firearms in the Albuquerque region.
Both political parties are slamming New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for her recently issued order restricting some gun rights in Albuquerque and its neighboring county.
Democrat Lujan Grisham made the announcement on Friday in an effort to reduce drug usage and gun crime in Bernalillo County and Albuquerque. The prohibition will last for 30 days. The directive, which carried fines for violators, was to be enforced by state police.
A number of lawsuits were filed in response to the revelation, which also sparked resistance from both Democrats and Republicans. Democratic Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen declared on Monday that he would not uphold the prohibition because it was “unconstitutional. “This order will not reduce gun violence in any way.”
Allen stated during a news conference that there are alternatives to depriving law-abiding persons of their fundamental right to self-defense. It is against the law. Therefore, we are unable to enforce that order,” he continued. According to police statistics, Albuquerque, the state’s largest city, saw 76 homicide victims from Monday through Friday.
In response to a question for comment, Lujan Grisham released a statement in which she declared. “I do not need a lecture on constitutionality from Sheriff Allen: what I need is action. She continued, “We have passed commonsense gun legislation, including red flag laws, domestic violence protection. A straw purchase ban, and safe storage laws; committed hundreds of millions of dollars to a fund specifically to help law enforcement hire and retain officers; increased penalties for violent offenders; and provided significant support to intervention programs. “Sheriff Allen, we have given you the means; now do not be afraid to use them. I always do what is right and I will not back down from it.