Tuesday, September 12, 2023

SAF Initiates Sixth Legal Challenge Against Gov. Grisham's Restriction on Second Amendment Freedoms

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has initiated a federal legal action against New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and four additional state officials, claiming that the governor's emergency directive banning open and concealed carry in Albuquerque and the adjacent Bernalillo County infringes on the U.S. Constitution's Second and Fourteenth Amendments.

The SAF has partnered with the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association, the Firearms Policy Coalition, and Bernalillo County resident Zachary Fort in the lawsuit. Their legal representation is provided by Jordon George of the law firm Aragon Moss George Jenkins, LLP. The firm has also submitted a request for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction against the state officials. This case has been brought before the U.S. District Court in New Mexico.

Apart from Governor Lujan Grisham, the lawsuit also names Patrick M. Allen, who serves as the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health; Jason R. Bowie, the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety; and W. Troy Weisler, the Chief of the New Mexico State Police. All of these individuals are being sued both personally and in their official roles.

Alan M. Gottlieb, the founder and Executive Vice President of SAF, stated that Governor Grisham lacks the legal right to nullify the Second Amendment, even in a so-called public health crisis. He asserted that none of the named defendants have the legal standing to enforce such a restriction.

SAF Executive Director Adam Kraut added that the governor's actions appear to be a calculated move to push her own political agenda, ignoring constitutional safeguards. He emphasized that their legal filings aim to halt this unconstitutional overreach and prevent further harm to citizens affected by this directive.

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