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Gun rights group sues New Mexico governor over gun violence order

In a dramatic showdown over Second Amendment rights, the National Association for Gun Rights has filed a lawsuit against New Mexico’s Democratic Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and the state’s Health Secretary, Patrick Allen. The lawsuit comes in response to Governor Lujan Grisham’s issuance of an emergency order, declaring gun violence a public health emergency in New Mexico. The order further suspended open and concealed carry laws in various cities and counties, citing crime statistics as justification.

This legal battle was ignited by a series of tragic events, including the shooting deaths of three children between July and September, as well as two mass shootings that deeply shook the state. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for New Mexico, argues that these orders violate the Second Amendment, which protects the right to bear arms.

Throughout the lawsuit, reference is made to a pivotal 2022 Supreme Court decision that struck down a New York gun law restricting concealed carry outside the home. The plaintiffs argue that Governor Lujan Grisham’s order, which temporarily suspends the right to carry firearms in public, directly contradicts this landmark ruling.

Anticipating legal challenges, the Governor’s move was strategically aimed at sparking a debate on gun control. Legal scholars and advocates have weighed in on both sides, with some supporting the Governor’s efforts to combat gun violence and others staunchly opposing the suspension of gun rights.

Despite these legal challenges, Governor Lujan Grisham remains steadfast in her decision to implement a 30-day suspension of open and concealed carry laws. She emphasizes the urgent need for additional resources to tackle the gun violence epidemic and has called upon the federal government for assistance.

The emergency order encompasses various measures, including monthly inspections of firearms dealers to ensure compliance with gun laws and the compilation of data on gunshot victims. The Governor justifies her actions by emphasizing the importance of addressing the proliferation of illegal firearms and the necessity of holding “bad actors” accountable.

This legal battle underscores the complex tension between public safety concerns and individual Second Amendment rights. While Governor Lujan Grisham argues that extraordinary measures are necessary to address the public health crisis of gun violence, opponents contend that such measures infringe upon personal liberties. As this legal saga unfolds, the nation watches closely to witness how the balance between public safety and the right to bear arms will be struck.

In the midst of this legal showdown, one thing remains clear: the debate over gun rights and gun control in the United States is far from settled, and the outcome of this lawsuit could have far-reaching implications for both sides of the contentious issue.


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