If Defendants’ contempt for the Constitution was not clear on the face of the [executive order] and [public health order], Governor Lujan Grisham’s further comments provide all the confirmation this Court needs. At the press conference announcing the Governor’s suspension of the Second Amendment and her usurpation of queenlike powers, she stated, “if there’s an emergency, and I’ve declared an emergency for a temporary amount of time, I can invoke additional powers. No constitutional right, in my view, including my oath, is intended to be absolute.
As incredible proof of these executive actions’ pretextual nature, the Governor even admitted that “she doesn’t expect criminals to follow the order.” And yet the Governor also knows that “[r]esponsible gun owners are certainly not our problem — have never been our problem,” because she said so herself.
Of course, the Governor’s paradoxical statements beg the question — if law-abiding gun owners are not the problem, and criminals carrying guns will not obey the PHO, then what is the purpose of the Governor’s actions? The answer is evident. The EO and PHO serve no purpose other than to implement a radical political agenda to punish law-abiding gun owners for exercising their enumerated rights to carry arms in public for self-defense.
Defendants have presented a credible threat of enforcement of their unconstitutional mandates against Plaintiffs. Not only has the Governor specifically threatened criminal sanction but also her underlings have put plans in place to send State Police officers into Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque to enforce her edicts.
— GOA Lawsuit Challenging NM Governor’s carry ban, Donk v. Grisham