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New Mexico Republicans call for Democrat governor to be impeached

 September 10, 2023

Republican officials in New Mexico are pushing for the impeachment of Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham following her decision to temporarily suspend open and concealed carry rights in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

Stefani Lord and John Block are among those who have called for Grisham's impeachment. The push comes after Grisham temporarily suspended the rights to open and concealed carry of firearms in the aforementioned jurisdictions for at least 30 days, a decision she described as an emergency public health order, as reported by Fox News.

Emergency public health order's rationale

Gov. Grisham's decision came in response to recent gun-related deaths, including the tragic death of an 11-year-old boy who was fatally shot outside a minor league baseball stadium on Wednesday night.

In her statement regarding the suspension, Grisham expressed her concern about the safety of New Mexico residents.

Lord expressed strong disagreement with the governor's action, stating:

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.

She also criticized Grisham in an interview with Fox News Digital, labeling her a "rogue governor."

Lord commented on what she views as a violation of the governor's oath, emphasizing that Grisham cannot simply go back on her commitment to protect the constitutional rights of New Mexico's residents.

John Block's sentiments echoed Lord's, as he told Fox News Digital:

There is no such thing as a state public health emergency exception to the U.S. Constitution.

Legal challenges to the governor's decision

Besides the calls for impeachment, Grisham's order is also facing legal challenges.

The National Association for Gun Rights, together with Foster Haines, an Albuquerque resident, filed a lawsuit against both Grisham and New Mexico Secretary of Health Patrick Allen.

They argue that the emergency order violates the Constitution and are seeking a temporary restraining order against the measure.

Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights, strongly criticized Grisham's actions, saying:

Gov. Lujan Grisham is throwing up a middle finger to the Constitution and the Supreme Court.

National figures voice concerns

The issue has garnered attention from national figures as well.

Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California, criticized Grisham's executive order on X (formerly known as Twitter), asserting that it violates the U.S. Constitution. Lieu wasn't alone in his critique; David Hogg, a prominent advocate for stricter gun laws, shared a similar sentiment on X.

Local law enforcement also expressed reservations. Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen voiced his apprehension about the temporary ban, stating:

While I understand and appreciate the urgency, the temporary ban challenges the foundation of our constitution, which I swore an oath to uphold.

Sheriff Allen also shared concerns about the possible implications for his deputies, particularly the potential for civil liability conflicts.

He also touched on the risks posed by denying law-abiding citizens their constitutional right to self-defense.

Conclusion

  • Two Republican representatives in New Mexico are pushing for Gov. Grisham's impeachment.
  • The governor's decision to suspend open and concealed carry rights was described as an emergency public health order.
  • Grisham's decision has faced strong criticism and legal challenges, with claims that it violates the U.S. Constitution.
  • Several national and local figures, including Rep. Ted Lieu and gun control advocate David Hogg, have expressed concerns about the order's constitutionality.
  • Local law enforcement, like Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen, also voiced reservations about the order's implications.