BREAKING: NM Gov suspends ALL lawful carry in Albuquerque

BREAKING: NM Gov suspends ALL lawful carry in Albuquerque

When the Bruen decision came out, one of the things it specifically said was that you couldn’t declare an entire city as a gun-free zone. You could declare certain sensitive areas as gun-free, but not the whole community.


Apparently, the text of the decision failed to make that left turn at Albuquerque.

Why else would the governor just basically declare the city a gun-free zone? Well, other than thinking that citing “public health” meant the Constitution doesn’t apply, that is.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she is suspending open and concealed carry privileges in Bernalillo County for the next 30 days.

The governor made the announcement during a news conference Friday afternoon.

Gov. Lujan Grisham declared gun violence a public health emergency Thursday, following the murder of an 11-year-old boy on his way home from an Isotopes game Wednesday night. That case, combined with several other violent cases involving children, sparked the decision.

This goes into effect today and will last for 30 days, at which time Grisham says she’ll decide whether to extend it or adjust.

Two things.

First, people wonder why we’re resistant to this whole “gun violence is a public health crisis” nonsense. We saw with COVID how some would use that authority to suspend constitutional rights. I know I’ve been called paranoid a few times for saying that.


Well, here we are.

Second, it’s insane to act like law-abiding citizens are the reason for the problems in Albuquerque. What’s more, I think Grisham knows it. She doesn’t actually care. She just wants to be seen doing something and since the people who lawfully carry usually weren’t going to vote for her anyway, screw them, right?

Grisham says she expects a fight on this one and she’s damn well going to get it.

This is absolutely insane and won’t produce the results she’s hoping for. At best, it’ll do nothing. However, when criminals figure out that the good guys with guns aren’t around unless they have a badge, they’re going to step up whatever they typically do knowing that most folks are going to be disarmed.

At least until a federal court puts the kibosh on this one, and I don’t think she’s going to win it even with declaring it a public health emergency.

Meanwhile, she’s given us exactly what we needed to show that all this talk of public health with regard to guns is just a pretext to take unconstitutional steps to restrict our rights.


The truth is that the government cannot be trusted with such power, even if they’re necessary during the worst nightmare scenarios. We’d be better off not permitting anyone to make those decisions than trusting them to only use them in the most deadly of circumstances.

Albuquerque isn’t any safer tonight. It won’t be any safer next week, either.

Not unless, of course, the courts act much quicker than I expect them to act, anyway.

At the end of the day, Grisham is showing us why she doesn’t need to remain in office. No one who swears an oath to support and defend the Constitution, then pulls a stunt like this should ever be allowed near public office again.

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