War is brewing between state Democrats and county commissions and sheriffs over gun control. Almost all sheriffs in the state have signed a statement that they will not enforce gun control laws handed down by the state and 21 of New Mexico’s 33 counties have declared themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.” How New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) will enforce her newly signed legislation that criminalizes private gun sales in the state remains to be seen.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed legislation Friday to criminalize private gun sales in the state.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that there has been a great divide over the bill, with state-level Democrats pushing it while gun rights groups, the vast majority of New Mexico Sheriffs, and New Mexico county governments oppose it.
Grisham dismissed those who did not support the gun control push, saying, “It’s clear to me that the NRA isn’t going to stop trying to meddle in making this a safer state.”
A few law enforcement officers in this state have been making noise about how they won’t enforce gun safety measures because they don’t like them. That’s not how laws work, of course, and it’s not how oaths of office work either. But let’s move past that. #SB8
— Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) February 26, 2019
The Second Amendment Sanctuary counties are:
San Juan County
Rio Arriba County
De Baca County
New Mexico Democrats, led by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), are pushing universal background checks, gun confiscation via red flag laws, and a broadened prohibited persons list for firearm purchases and possession.