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New Mexico Governor Michelle Grisham Mocks Second Amendment Movement Taking Place in Her State

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Anti-gun Democratic Governor of New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham ridiculed 29 sheriffs’ decision to stand up for gun rights.

Sheriffs from 29 of the state’s 33 counties signed resolutions opposing certain gun control bills in the state legislature such as red flag confiscation and universal gun registration.  Under these so-called “sanctuary” resolutions, sheriffs are not obligated to enforce gun control laws that they deem to be unconstitutional. Similar measures such as “Second Amendment Preservation Ordinances” have been passed in Oregon in response to recent waves of gun control.

Grisham criticized this gun rights movement in a tweet storm:

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“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.”

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Grisham dismissed these resolutions as “NRA propaganda, rogue sheriffs throwing a childish pity party or bad-faith critics” and vowed to continue pushing for gun control.

However, gun control opponents have every reason to complain no matter how much Grisham downplays gun control’s impact.

Mike Herrington, Chaves County Sheriff, stood by his decision to uphold Second Amendment rights:

“I take an oath to uphold the constitution, and I enforce all lawful laws that do not infringe on my constitutional rights.”

So called “universal background checks” are clear violations of the Second Amendment that would lead to the creation of de facto gun registration. These laws also don’t help in battling crime and make it more expensive for disadvantaged groups to acquire firearms.

New Mexico’s local “nullification” approach is a viable strategy for Second Amendment supporters who live in solidly blue states. More often than not, politicians from major urban centers have much more pull than their rural counterparts, which leads to rural interests getting cast aside.

These Second Amendment preservation resolutions allow for rural areas to make their voices heard and let their political class know that they are completely out of touch.

More states should follow New Mexico’s lead and embrace these kinds of resolutions.

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White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward

Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.

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On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.

Dean Weingarten of Ammoland.com reported that the bill passed by a 66 to 31 margin.

Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:

The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.

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Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well.  If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.

Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.

Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.

It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.

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