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New Mexico’s governor backs down on gun ban, limits it to playgrounds and parks


At a Friday press conference, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that she is amending her controversial gun ban order to allow open and concealed carry, except in parks and playgrounds “where we know we have high risk of kids and families,” she said.

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The move comes a day after a federal judge temporarily blocked the order and fellow Democratic politicians denounced her plan as unconstitutional. Local law enforcement had refused to enforce the order and the state’s attorney general had refused to defend it in court.

Lujan Grisham, citing recent shootings, had declared a public health emergency centered on gun violence. The executive order signed September 8, included an “action plan” that banned carrying a loaded weapon off of private property in Bernalillo County, which includes Albuquerque. The governor’s office threatened fines of up to $5,000 for violations.

The governor made the changes to the order after “listening to the debate in court,” according to ABC

“I want to point out that the conversation in that court was pretty clear that we are not wrong about this emergency, or about the issues related to violence, gun violence and public safety generally,” Grisham said.



  1. I guess this is the latest ploy in the never-ending agenda of diehard statists like this evil Karen governor of New Mexico: claim an “emergency” that then justifies (rationalizes) emergency powers.

    So easy, a radical leftist caveman can do it!

  2. This is always their strategy: Keep changing their unconstitutional edicts so new lawsuits need to continually be filed, driving up litigation costs (both for the plaintiffs as well as the taxpayers) and making it harder to fight them in court.

  3. Dear ineffectual governor of NM: Consider a more effective approach. Arrest, prosecute, and suitably punish the armed criminal.

    Imprisonment is vastly overused in the USA, whereas a meaningful lashing would be a far better punishment for most non-capital crimes. Hunter Biden, for example, should be severely lashed, upon conviction, for his gun crime.

  4. She knew what she was doing. Testing the limits to see how much she could get away with.

    Next time, and there will be a next time, the push will include places like hospitals and nursing homes. And so on and so on.

    The left is systematically and deliberately boiling the Constitutional frog.

  5. She’s still full of gun-grabber baloney. Fix your policies to get the criminals off the street and let Albuquerque defend itself until you do. I don’t think her revision is Constitutional either.

  6. I do hope that the impeachment process against this tyrant Karen of a governor continues to proceed. Her egregious violation of the New Mexico and US constitution, and her totalitarian overreach in trying to unilaterally and summarily strip New Mexicans of their inherent rights, demands punishment of the harshest kind. Sadly, though, most Americans today are so spineless that they’ll just say “We need to move forward”, and forget about it.

  7. Still won’t fly as these are public places. If you can do drugs and release yourself in public you can carry because the second amendment says so.

  8. Imagine if this was adopted in Anchorage. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to use the parks and trails without protection these days. And I’m not talking about bears. Kinda scary just driving through.

  9. That’s right, limit the gun ban to just playgrounds and parks… which will then be enclaves of the most defenseless victims…. giving nefarious nutcases easy pickings. Stupid is as stupid does.

    • Too true, Hancock, particularly for ammo. With reasonable care, a well-made firearm will serve well for several lifetimes. A bountiful quantity of at-hand ammunition, then, will always be desirable. Hoard well, and be happy!


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