New Mexico Governor's Assault on the Second Amendment Stopped Dead in Its Tracks

 September 15, 2023

In a pivotal moment for Second Amendment advocates, a temporary restraining order has been issued against New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's ban on concealed carry. The decision, secured by Gun Owners of America (GOA), serves as a significant pushback against the Governor's overreach.

The Restraining Order: A Principled Action

Gun Owners of America filed a lawsuit against Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's ban on concealed carry, which was announced just two days prior.

The organization's executive vice president, Erich Pratt, stated that the Governor's actions were a "gross and egregious violation of the U.S. Constitution." The temporary restraining order, although oral for now, has been hailed as a principled action that upholds the rights of New Mexicans.

"GOA will not rest until the rights of New Mexicans are restored,"

Erich Pratt.

The Backdrop: A Controversial Public Health Order

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham had imposed an emergency public health order that suspended the right to openly carry or conceal guns in public places. This decision was based on a statistical threshold for violent crime that applied only to Albuquerque and the surrounding area.

U.S. District Judge David Urias, appointed by President Joe Biden, granted the temporary restraining order, stating that while the Governor's intentions might be noble, they cannot trample on constitutional rights.

The Opposition: Upholding Constitutional Rights

The plaintiffs in the case argued that the Governor had other options to address the problem but chose to inflict what some critics have described as a punishment on law-abiding residents. Jason Bowles, an attorney representing the National Association for Gun Rights, emphasized that the Second Amendment has no exceptions.

"The answer to tragedy is not to take away from the people who need it the most – the means to protect themselves and their families,"

Connecticut-based attorney Cameron Atkinson.

The Road Ahead: A Stark Warning Against Anti-Second Amendment Agendas

Despite the clear judicial rebuke, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham remains obstinate, pledging to ramp up state police presence and focus on arresting those with outstanding warrants. Her continued defiance serves as a chilling reminder of the relentless attempts to erode our Second Amendment rights.

The temporary restraining order is not just a legal formality; it's a dire warning that the fight to preserve our constitutional freedoms is ongoing and must be vigilantly guarded against any form of governmental overreach.


The temporary restraining order against New Mexico's Governor is a significant win for Second Amendment advocates. It serves as a reminder that constitutional rights cannot be easily brushed aside, even in the face of public health concerns. As the case moves forward, it will undoubtedly serve as a touchstone for future debates on gun rights in America.

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