NRA Blasts Democratic Governor’s Gun Directive

NRA Criticizes Democratic Governor's Gun Directive

( – The National Rifle Association (NRA) blasted New Mexico Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on September 22 for “ignoring” the United States Constitution. During an interview with Fox News, NRA-ILA Executive Director Randy Kozuch claimed that Grisham did this by suspending concealed and open carry across the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County during a public health order emergency. Kozuch claimed this was a “shocking move” from the governor as she not only ignored the US Constitution but also New Mexico’s.

Instead of taking this step “against the Second Amendment,” the NRA leader said, Grisham should focus on cutting down crime by eliminating “soft-on-criminal policies,” which he claims endangers all citizens. He also stated that these decisions from Grisham were undermining New Mexicans’ fundamental rights.

According to police data, there have been 76 homicides in Albuquerque this year, down from the 93 homicides that authorities recorded during the same period in 2022. Grisham announced on September 8 that she would temporarily suspend concealed and open carry laws in Bernalillo County. This announcement came after the fatal shootings of three children over the last few months.

As noted in her office’s press release, the Democratic governor said she would no longer execute “standard measures.” Grisham also explained something must be “very wrong” when New Mexicans feel afraid to take their kids to a baseball game or even to school, or when citizens don’t want to be in crowds because of the threat of violence.

During a September 9 interview with Fox News, Grisham’s press secretary, Caroline Sweeney, said that the governor’s order doesn’t suspend the Constitution. She then claimed that the Democratic leader was elected to serve all New Mexicans. She noted that constituents asked her “every single day” to take harder measures to solve the gun violence affecting the state over the last few months.

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