On Sunday afternoon, dozens of gun owners gathered to protest New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s (D) executive order banning open and concealed carry — proudly displaying their firearms in public.
The gun rights activists staged a defiant protest in Old Town Albuquerque on Sunday to voice their anger with Grisham’s blatantly unconstitutional executive order — which cites a supposed public health emergency as justification to suspend their Second Amendment rights to carry a firearm.
The protesters displayed American flags, Gadsden flags, and “Come and Take It” flags during the demonstration. One protester even carried a sign directly addressing the Democrat governor, which read: “Our founding fathers warned us about you.”
One female protester held a sign that read: “Gun rights are women’s rights.”
“This will not stand. We will not comply!” one protester can be heard shouting in a video of the demonstration.
“Our rights come from God, and our privileges come from government,” another protester said.
Ford Fischer, editor-in-chief of News2Share, shared footage of the protest on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“Gun owners – many visibly armed – rallied in old Town Albuquerque today to openly defy the New Mexico Governor’s Executive Order banning the open and concealed carry of firearms there as a one-month ‘emergency.’ Police did not intervene or enforce the order,” he wrote in the post.
According to Fischer, one anti-gun protester showed up to the demonstration wearing a mask. He was given a chance to speak by the gun rights activists, who then tried to refute his claims.
VIDEO THREAD: Gun owners – many visibly armed – rallied in old Town Albuquerque today to openly defy the New Mexico Governor's Executive Order banning the open and concealed carry of firearms there as a one-month "emergency."
Police did not intervene or enforce the order. pic.twitter.com/BAk0kDZC9A
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) September 10, 2023
The National Association for Gun Rights has since filed a lawsuit against Grisham and New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Patrick Allen over the emergency public health order. The lawsuit was filed on Saturday in the U.S. District Court for New Mexico, arguing that the executive order violates the Second Amendment.
“The State must justify the Carry Prohibition by demonstrating that it is consistent with the Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation. But it is impossible for the State to meet this burden because there is no such historical tradition of firearms regulation in this Nation,” the lawsuit states.
Several high-profile individuals have demanded Grisham’s resignation or impeachment over the executive order, arguing that she has clearly violated her oath of office as she has deliberately violated the Constitution.
One critic was New Mexico state Rep. John Block (R), who tweeted: “Impeach and remove Lujan Grisham. We even have Elon behind us on this!”
Block was responding to a post from Twitter owner Elon Musk, who wrote: “At risk of stating what should be obvious, deliberately violating the Constitution is next-level illegal. How soon can this person be removed from office?”
Impeach and remove Lujan Grisham. We even have Elon behind us on this! https://t.co/x5IFNpNmWp
— Rep. John Block (@RepBlock) September 9, 2023