New Mexico Republicans move to impeach Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

September 10, 2023

Two Republicans are calling on the New Mexico State House of Representatives to launch impeachment proceedings into Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham following her order suspending open and concealed carry in Albuquerque and the surrounding Bernalillo County.

Grisham justified the suspension of concealed and open carry as an emergency public health order.

Her decision immediately ignited a firestorm of outrage as the order was a literal suspension of the Second Amendment disguised as a public health order.

In response, Republican state Reps. Stefani Lord and John Block issued a statement saying, "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. 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."

Speaking to Fox News, Lord explained, "She put this emergency order together, and it violates her oath. And she's supposed to be protecting and defending the rights of New Mexico, she can't just raise her hand one day and say, I promise to uphold this oath and promised to protect the people of New Mexico and the Constitution, and then just one day decide, oh, just kidding."

Even other Democrats have come out against the order and condemned it as a blatant violation of the Constitution. Republicans have a real opportunity to send a strong message that this kind of contravention of citizens' rights will be swiftly punished.

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