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Monday, April 15, 2024

SHOCK: Activist David Hogg, Dem. Lawmakers Denounce N.M. Gov.’s Gun Gambit

'I support gun safety, but there is no such thing as a state public health emergency exception to the U.S. Constitution...'

(David Hogg—the former survivor of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting who has translated his trauma into a lucrative career as a left-wing activist—was among several Democrat figures to denounce the unconstitutional and Draconian gun-control measure recently taken by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

“I support gun safety, but there is no such thing as a state public health emergency exception to the U.S. Constitution,” Hogg posted on social media Saturday, a day after Grisham announced the controversial decree.

Hogg was one of many Democrats lining up to denounce Grisham or signal their refusal to support her controversial move.

While the George-Soros-funded governor had signaled that she expected the effort to fuel legal challenges, she likely was not prepared to hear that her own state attorney general would refuse to defend the order.

Attorney General Raul Torrez sent a memo to the governor on Tuesday saying the “Public Health Emergency Order Imposing Temporary Firearm Restrictions, Drug Monitoring and Other Public Safety Measures” did not pass “constitutional muster,” the Post Millennial reported.

Even a Democratic U.S. Senator from New Mexico criticized the governor of his own state.

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., recently issued a statement that said gun violence is a problem in New Mexico but implied the governor’s executive order is an unworkable solution that won’t save lives.

“The gun violence in New Mexico and across our country has had devastating impacts on families, communities, and our sense of safety,” Heinrich said in the release.

“It’s why I led the effort on the first federal gun reform law passed in nearly three decades. There is more that can and should be done to stem the violence and ensure every American can feel safe at school, at the grocery store, or at the movie theatre,” he added. “As we do that work, we need to focus on solutions that are constitutional and enforceable. That’s what will save lives.”

The executive order signed by Lujan Grisham banned carrying a loaded firearm in public in Bernalillo County, including Albuquerque, for 30 days. Those who violate the rule face a civil fine of $5,000, as the Center Square previously reported.

Heinrich is not the first Democrat to argue that the governor’s action is unconstitutional.

Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen, a Democrat, announced Monday that his department will not enforce the governor’s 30-day ban, arguing that it violates the Second Amendment.

“While I understand and appreciate the urgency, the temporary ban challenges the foundation of our constitution, which I swore an oath to uphold,” Allen told ABC. “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.”

Similarly, Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., opposes the measure despite supporting gun control.

“I support gun safety laws,” Lieu posted on social media. “However, this order from the Governor of New Mexico violates the U.S. Constitution.”

Lieu cited the Supreme Court’s decision in the 2022 N.Y. State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen decision as a reason why this executive order is unconstitutional.

In the decision, the court struck down a New York law requiring applicants to show “proper cause” for getting a permit to carry a gun.

“Whether or not we agree with it, the Supreme Court’s decisions regarding the Constitution are the law of the land,” wrote Lieu.

Even leading left-wing propaganda network CNN refused to back up Grisham’s effort.

Headline USA’s Ben Sellers contributed to this report.

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