New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) is facing calls for her impeachment after issuing an executive order effectively banning guns, which is so blatantly unconstitutional that it is even being criticized by anti-gun Democrats.
On September 7, Grisham issued an executive order banning open and concealed carry for self-defense — citing rising gun violence. The order took effect on September 8 and will last for 30 days, after which the Democrat governor made clear she would revisit the issue and potentially extend the ban.
The executive order so clearly violates the Second Amendment that it has even been criticized by anti-gun activists like David Hogg and Sen. Ted Lieu (D-CA) — who noted in posts on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the governor’s use of a “public health emergency” is not an acceptable excuse to violate the Constitution.
Holy sh*t is hell freezing over? pic.twitter.com/jufXVasmU1
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) September 9, 2023
Several critics have called for Grisham’s impeachment for violating the Constitution, including New Mexico state Rep. John Block (R) — who tweeted: “Impeach and remove Lujan Grisham. We even have Elon behind us on this!”
Block was responding to a post from Twitter owner Elon Musk, who wrote: “At risk of stating what should be obvious, deliberately violating the Constitution is next-level illegal. How soon can this person be removed from office?”
Impeach and remove Lujan Grisham. We even have Elon behind us on this! https://t.co/x5IFNpNmWp
— Rep. John Block (@RepBlock) September 9, 2023
Conservative commentator Benny Johnson also responded to Grisham’s executive order — deeming the Democrat governor’s actions “evil” and “tyrannical.”
“The Governor of New Mexico has just declared the 1st & 2nd Amendment ‘does not exist’ due to an ‘emergency.’ Under this legal theory *all* of our ‘rights’ are essentially eliminated. Watch the most evil & tyrannical 60 seconds you’ve ever heard from a politician,” he wrote, sharing a clip of Grisham’s comments about the executive order.
The Governor of New Mexico has just declared the 1st & 2nd Amendment “does not exist” due to an “emergency.”
Under this legal theory *all* of our “rights” are essentially eliminated.
Watch the most evil & tyrannical 60 seconds you’ve ever heard from a politician: pic.twitter.com/xLpMSTbyi2
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 9, 2023
The Heritage Foundation’s Amy Swearer argued: “This is completely unconstitutional. It’s also just logically nuts. Concealed carry permit holders aren’t the ones driving gun crime, and now you’re telling actual criminals that they have free reign because their victims can’t be armed.”
This is completely unconstitutional. It's also just logically nuts. Concealed carry permit holders aren't the ones driving gun crime, and now you're telling actual criminals that they have free reign because their victims can't be armed.https://t.co/UlrxcCFVG4
— Amy Swearer (@AmySwearer) September 9, 2023
Benalillo County Sheriff John Allen had a weak response to Grisham’s order as well, noting that he had “reservations” about enforcing it. As a sheriff, he took an oath to uphold the Constitution — and thus his response should have been strongly in opposition to enforcing the blatantly unconstitutional order.
“Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an emergency order temporarily suspending open and concealed carry laws in Albuquerque and throughout Bernalillo County for the next 30 days,” he wrote in a post on X. “This move has been positioned as a response to the alarming and tragic rise in gun violence, particularly the heart-wrenching death of an 11-year-old boy this past week.”
“First and foremost, every lost life is a tragedy, and the well-being of our community is of paramount concern to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office,” Allen continued. “We share in the collective grief and urgency to address this issue.”
“However, as the elected Sheriff, I have reservations regarding this order,” he added. “While I understand and appreciate the urgency, the temporary ban challenges the foundation of our Constitution, which I swore an oath to uphold. 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.”
Today, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an emergency order temporarily suspending open and concealed carry laws in Albuquerque and throughout Bernalillo County for the next 30 days. This move has been positioned as a response to the alarming and tragic rise in gun violence,… pic.twitter.com/prfHGdISS1
— BCSO (Sheriff) NM (@BCSONM) September 9, 2023
Responding to his post, one X user shared an image of the oath that Allen took upon becoming sheriff, while others declared him a “coward” and demanded that he “hold her to account for violating her oath of office and asking you and your deputies to violate yours.”
— Emergent Perspective (@_emergent_) September 9, 2023