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New Mexico governor shocks with comment about Constitution after issuing temporary gun ban: Not ‘absolute’

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s controversial comments in defense of a temporary gun ban, prompted fierce backlash on social media.

The Democrat issued an emergency public health order on Friday, suspending the right to carry guns in public across Albuquerque and the surrounding Bernalillo County for at least 30 days following the shooting deaths of three children in the area.

Local law enforcement officials expressed concerns that the governor’s order violated Second Amendment rights. The governor acknowledged the ban may face legal challenges and addressed these concerns during a press conference.

After a reporter questioned whether Grisham was upholding her oath to the Constitution, she argued no Constitutional rights were fixed, including her oath.

Michelle Lujan Grisham

Violators of Gov. Lujan Grisham’s order could face civil penalties and a fine of up to $5,000. (AP)

Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen said that he had concerns about the order but was prepared to cooperate to address gun violence.

“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.”

Violators could face civil penalties and a fine of up to $5,000, Grisham’s Press Secretary Caroline Sweeney said.

Licensed security guards and law enforcement are exempt from the ban. It also does not apply on private property, “(such as at a gun range or gun store), provided they transport the firearm in a locked box, use a trigger lock, or some other mechanism that renders the gun incapable of being fired,” the governor said.

When reached for comment, Grisham’s press secretary Caroline Sweeney provided Fox News Digital the following statement:

“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,” she said. “That is, in fact, where Albuquerque is today, and that represents a real threat to the rights of New Mexicans who live here.”

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Fox News’ Landon Mion and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kristine Parks is an associate editor for Fox News Digital. Read more.


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