Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham held a press conference on Monday renewing her anti-gun public health order to snatch as many guns as possible from the law-abiding populous. The governor erroneously claimed her order was effective.
Lujan Grisham highlighted more arrests in Bernalillo County since the implementation of the public health order, with nearly half of them being drug-related. The administration reported a hike in guns snatched, totaling 219, including 90 in November alone, with 13 confiscated from a single suspect. The governor applauded these efforts, stating that hundreds of guns had been taken off the streets.
Lujan Grisham revealed in the presser that 87 juveniles were detained for possible gun-related crimes. She used a tragic shooting at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School, where a 16-year-old lost his life just three days before the announcement, as cover for her anti-gun orders.
Lujan Grisham stressed the need for a crackdown on those selling guns to minors, advocating for measures to interrupt these transactions and hold perpetrators accountable. She also claimed the success of gun buyback events, where the public voluntarily surrendered hundreds of firearms.
“We can agree with the Governor, crime is out of control. It is certainly interesting that when you let law enforcement do their job, New Mexicans can see how out of control crime has become these past few years. Thank a law enforcement officer today for doing their job despite so many politicians being against them,” wrote House GOP Leader Ryan Lane in a statement.
Looking ahead, Lujan Grisham revealed her priorities for upcoming bills during the legislative session, which include trying to pass a New Mexico version of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich’s extremist anti-gun bill that will ban most rifles.
“Let’s try that vehicle in our own assault weapons ban in New Mexico because one thing that I have that the senator doesn’t have is I’ve got a set of lawmakers that are more likely than not to have a fair debate about guns, gun violence, weapons of war and keeping New Mexicans safe than members of Congress are,” she said.
“I feel pretty good about our ability here,” Lujan Grisham added, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. “We’ll have to see how those votes all shake out, but I think that that’s a game-changer for a lot of places, including New Mexico, so expect to see that on my call.”
She added that the “ courts don’t know where they are given the Second Amendment, and it gets really dicey, complicated, messy, so we just keep ignoring it…. Well, Senator Heinrich didn’t.”
The governor also wants to bring back changes to the state’s “red flag” law, among other anti-gun measures.