What Does Elon Musk’s Legal Challenge to New Mexico Gun Order Mean for the Future of Gun Rights?

What Does Elon Musk’s Legal Challenge to New Mexico Gun Order Mean for the Future of Gun Rights?

Elon Musk, the owner of X (formerly known as Twitter), is criticizing New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for her decision to temporarily suspend open and concealed carry in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County for at least 30 days. Grisham implemented this suspension in response to recent gun-related deaths, categorizing it as an emergency public health order. Musk has taken issue with her actions, claiming they are illegal.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham cited the need to address recent gun-related deaths in the Albuquerque area as the reason behind her decision to temporarily suspend open and concealed carry. She classified this action as an emergency public health order in an effort to respond to the ongoing violence and ensure public safety.

“When New Mexicans are afraid to be in crowds, to take their kids to school, to leave a baseball game — when their very right to exist is threatened by the prospect of violence at every turn — something is very wrong,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement.

At risk of stating what should be obvious, deliberately violating the Constitution is next-level illegal,” Musk said. “How soon can this person be removed from office?”

According to the governor’s spokeswoman Caroline Sweeney, individuals who violate the order could face civil penalties and a potential fine of up to $5,000. This is likely part of the measures taken to enforce the temporary suspension of open and concealed carry in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

Governor Grisham mentioned that state police would be responsible for enforcing the order, indicating that law enforcement agencies would play a role in ensuring compliance with the temporary suspension of open and concealed carry in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen expressed concerns following the issuance of the order to temporarily suspend open and concealed carry. It’s not uncommon for law enforcement officials and agencies to have reservations or questions regarding such emergency orders, as they can impact the enforcement of existing laws and public safety in their jurisdictions.

“While I understand and appreciate the urgency, the temporary ban challenges the foundation of our constitution, which I swore an oath to uphold,” Allen said. “I am wary of placing my deputies in positions that could lead to civil liability conflicts, as well as the potential risks posed by prohibiting law-abiding citizens from their constitutional right to self-defense.”

Republican state Representatives Stefani Lord and John Block have announced their call for the impeachment of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in response to her decision to temporarily suspend open and concealed carry in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Impeachment proceedings against a sitting governor are a significant political process, and they typically involve the state legislature and specific legal procedures. This move signals a strong opposition to the governor’s actions within the state’s Republican party.

“I am calling on counsel to begin the impeachment process against Governor Grisham,” Lord said. “This is an abhorrent attempt at imposing a radical, progressive agenda on an unwilling populous. Rather than addressing crime at its core, Governor Grisham is restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Even Grisham believes this emergency order won’t prohibit criminals from carrying or using weapons; a basic admission that this will only put New Mexicans in danger as they won’t be able to defend themselves from violent crime.” 

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