New Mexico’s Democrat Attorney General has declared that he will not defend Democrat Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in lawsuits arising from her unconstitutional suspension of gun rights in the state.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham recently labeled gun violence as a public health emergency in response to the tragic shootings of a thirteen-year-old girl on July 28, a five-year-old girl on August 14, and an eleven-year-old boy on September 6.
According to the press release, “The action plan includes a suspension of open and concealed carry laws in Bernalillo County, temporarily prohibiting the carrying of guns on public property with certain exceptions. Exceptions include for licensed security guards and law enforcement officers. Citizens with permits to carry firearms are free to possess their weapons 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.”
Despite being a Democrat herself, Grisham has not received the supportive response she anticipated from fellow Democrats and left-leaning media outlets.
Grisham has found herself with little support after her unilateral suspension of the Second Amendment in Albuquerque.
Gun owners gathered on Sunday in Old Town, Albuquerque, boldly carrying guns, both openly and concealed, sending a clear message to Governor Lujan Grisham that they refuse to comply with her unconstitutional executive order.
New Mexico’s Democrat Attorney General, Raul Torrez, informed Grisham on Tuesday that he will not provide her with legal defense.
“I am writing to inform you that my office will not defend your administration in the above referenced cases challenging the Public Health Emergency Order Imposing Temporary Firearm Restrictions, Drug Monitoring and Other Public Safety Measures (the Emergency Order) issued by the Secretary of Health on September 8, 2023,” Raul Torrez wrote in a 4-page letter.
“Though I recognize my statutory obligation as New Mexico’s chief legal officer to defend state officials when they are sued in their official capacity, my duty to uphold and defend the constitutional rights of every citizen takes precedence. Simply put, I do not believe that the Emergency Order will have any meaningful impact on public safety but, more importantly, I do not believe it passes constitutional muster,” Torrez added.
Torrez admonished Grisham for her unilateral decision to suspend gun rights.
“However, I encourage you to engage in a more thoughtful and deliberative process with members of the New Mexico Legislature rather than taking unilateral action that infringes on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens while having little if any discernible impact on the underlying dynamics driving gun violence in our community,” Torrez wrote.
This is huge. Raul Torres, the New Mexico Attorney General (D), will not defend the Governor or her administration against suits filed in response to her “health emergency”, declaring her order will “not pass constitutional muster”. #Impeachment #ImpeachMLG #impeachGrisham… pic.twitter.com/89QJo4pSFA— Reeve Swainston, Esq. (@ReeveSwainston) September 12, 2023