Republicans Ask Biden For Help

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( – Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans are urging U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to safeguard the Second Amendment rights of New Mexico citizens in response to Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s recent decision to temporarily prohibit open and concealed carry.

A group of GOP senators addressed a letter to Garland, which was first reported by Fox News Digital, expressing, “We believe that Governor Grisham’s latest directive infringes upon the Second Amendment rights of New Mexico’s inhabitants. The DOJ should act decisively to rectify this perceived breach of constitutional rights.”

The initiative was led by Sen. Thom Tillis from North Carolina and supported by senators from various states including South Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Arkansas. They argued, “Governor Grisham’s action not only breaches the Second Amendment but also the Fourteenth Amendment and Article IV of the Constitution. It’s crucial for your department to step in, showcasing that such perceived constitutional overreaches won’t be accepted.”

The Governor made the decision to temporarily halt open and concealed carry privileges in Bernalillo County, home to Albuquerque, for a minimum of 30 days. This action was prompted by several recent tragic shootings involving minors. However, the decision led to public demonstrations, with many New Mexico residents voicing their opposition, notably during protests in Albuquerque.

Various gun rights organizations have criticized the governor’s decision, deeming it “unconstitutional”. The NRA-ILA’s Executive Director commented earlier in the week that rather than restricting the rights of law-abiding New Mexicans, the governor should be addressing policy areas that may contribute to crime.

Governor Grisham has faced multiple legal challenges regarding the order, all suggesting a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Notable figures in gun rights advocacy have openly critiqued the order. In response, the governor’s spokesperson argued that the directive does not sidestep the Constitution, but rather regulates state laws within the governor’s authority.

Interestingly, some Democrats, including Rep. Ted Lieu and activist David Hogg, have also raised concerns about the constitutionality of the order. New Mexico’s Attorney General, Raul Torrez, informed Governor Grisham that he would not support her administration against the pending legal challenges, doubting the order’s constitutionality.

The Republican senators acknowledged the tragedies that have occurred in New Mexico and committed to collaborating with the DOJ to tackle violent crime across the U.S. They asserted that the governor might have exceeded her authority with the order and entreated Garland to ensure the Constitution is upheld and enforced. Their letter concluded, “The DOJ possesses the necessary authority to guarantee our rights under the U.S. Constitution. We request your intervention to defend New Mexicans’ constitutional rights and to challenge this controversial decision.”

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