New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham faced another setback in her efforts to implement stricter gun control measures as a federal judge ruled that her previous public health order was unconstitutional. The order, which aimed to temporarily ban individuals from carrying guns across Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, was revised in response to the ruling. The new version now only restricts the carrying of firearms in parks and playgrounds.
The original order faced strong opposition, with critics arguing that it violated the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. U.S. District Court Judge David Urias, who was appointed by President Biden, agreed with this assessment during a Wednesday hearing and issued a temporary restraining order against the order. He stated that any violation of a constitutional right, even for a short period of time, constitutes irreparable injury.
The temporary restraining order will remain in effect until at least October 3, when the next hearing on the matter is scheduled. In the meantime, Governor Lujan Grisham expressed her determination to address the issue of gun violence and emphasized the need for urgent action. She pointed out that the revised order exempts law enforcement officers, security officers, and active duty military personnel.
However, the governor's silence on the gun charges against Hunter Biden has raised eyebrows. Hunter Biden, the son of President Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges. The charges include making false statements in the purchase of a firearm and possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance. When questioned about these charges, Governor Lujan Grisham's office declined to comment.
The governor's initial public health order received criticism from both sides of the aisle, with two Republican state representatives calling for her impeachment. However, Lujan Grisham remains focused on addressing the issue of gun violence and ensuring the safety of New Mexicans. She emphasized the need for collaboration among various stakeholders, including local law enforcement, the Legislature, mayors, and county commissioners, to enact solutions that save lives.
The governor's public health order aimed to respond to recent gun-related deaths in the state, including the tragic shooting of an 11-year-old boy outside a minor league baseball stadium. Despite the setbacks, Lujan Grisham remains determined to prevent such tragedies from happening again. She stated that throwing up their hands is not an option and called on leaders across the state to stand with her in finding effective solutions.
As the debate over gun control intensifies, New Mexico finds itself at the center of the discussion. Governor Lujan Grisham's efforts to implement stricter gun measures face legal challenges and opposition, while the gun charges against Hunter Biden add another layer of complexity to the issue. The coming weeks will be crucial in determining the future of gun control in the state and whether Governor Lujan Grisham's revised public health order can withstand legal scrutiny.
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