New Mexico Governor Facing Impeachment Over Suspension of Gun Rights


Two Republican New Mexico lawmakers have called for Michelle Lujan Grisham’s impeachment for her public health emergency order, which seeks to restrict legal gun owners’ ability to carry their firearms in and around Albuquerque.

Due to previous shootings, Lujan Grisham issued a public health emergency order on Friday, prohibiting lawful gun owners from carrying guns in and around Albuquerque. Elon Musk, the CEO of X, formerly known as Twitter, suggested whether she should be impeached, a sentiment shared by two state politicians.

“This is an abhorrent attempt at imposing a radical progressive agenda on an unwilling populous. Rather than addressing crime at its core, Governor Grisham is restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” Republican state Rep. Stefani Lord posted on X.

“Even Grisham believes this emergency order won’t prohibit criminals from carrying or using weapons; a basic admission that this will only put New Mexicans in danger as they won’t be able to defend themselves from violent crime,” she wrote in a release posted there.

“This emergency order violates the Governor’s oath to protect and defend the rights of New Mexicans and is illegal in nature,” she wrote.

“The legislature has a duty to intervene when the government is overstepping boundaries, and Governor Grisham’s order and comments disqualify her from continuing her tenure as governor,” she said.

Republican state Rep. John Block, who backed Lord’s impeachment motion, said Lujan Grisham should resign or face impeachment.

“We sponsored the anti-crime bills to fix our state and voted for them in committee while your left-wing extremist radical allies voted against punishing criminals — leading to civilians and law enforcement being brutally murdered in our streets, including in my district,” Block wrote on X.

“Then, you sign an order so unconstitutional even you said you know criminals won’t follow it and that it won’t hold up in court. Then, you claim your oath and the Constitution are not ‘absolute’ and can be suspended at your beck and call. You and your acolytes alone have blood on your hands. Resign or be impeached,” he wrote.

The two legislators told KRQE-TV that they would not sit inactive while the Constitution was being violated.

“We made an oath, which is a promise that we swear that we’re going to uphold the Constitution, the rights of New Mexicans, and she threw that right out the window,” Lord said, adding, “I was completely shocked and taken by surprise that she would do such a gross overreach and completely violate the Constitution.”

Lujan-Grisham, according to Block, “called for open season on law-abiding citizens by subverting the state and federal constitutions and laws of our state, and that’s something that needs to be remedied immediately.”

The order was derided by legal scholar and George Washington University professor John Turley.

“The order, in my view, is flagrantly unconstitutional under existing Second Amendment precedent.  It could also be a calculated effort to evade a ruling by making the period of suspension so short that it becomes moot before any final decision is reached by a court,” he wrote on his website.

Turley also noted a disturbing trend of which the order is a part.

“Democratic leaders have increasingly turned to a claim used successfully during the pandemic in declaring a health emergency to maximize unilateral authority of governors. There have also been calls to declare racism a public health emergency, supported by groups like the American Public Health Association,” he wrote.

“Transgender programs have also been declared a public health emergency by some groups. The motivation behind many of these calls is not to negate constitutional rights, but the question is whether such declarations allow governors discretion to suspend or curtail individual rights.”

“As the list of claimed health emergencies grow, even state Democratic judges may begin to balk at the obvious end run around constitutional rights,” he wrote.