The Governor of New Mexico Opens Gun Stores Following NRA Lawsuit

After a lawsuit filed by the NRA, the Second Amendment Foundation, the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association, and Mountain States Legal Foundation, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is letting gun stores and shooting ranges reopen.

AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News highlighted that the lawsuit was filed on April 10, 2020 in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. The suit came following Grisham’s Wuhan virus shutdown orders which did not categorize gun businesses and shooting ranges as essential.

The suit asserted, “New Mexico’s government cannot suspend the Constitution and Americans’ individual freedoms. The suspension and deprivation of natural and constitutionally protected rights and liberties by governmental fiat is unlawful.”

The suit added: “This lawsuit challenges Defendants’ mandatory shuttering of lawful retail firearms businesses. By arbitrarily, capriciously—and unconstitutionally—targeting those who lawfully sell firearms and ammunition, New Mexico is depriving citizens of their natural and fundamental right to keep and bear arms.”

On June 15, Grisham announced that gun stores and ranges would be allowed to reopen.

In response to Grisham’s announcement, NRA-ILA ligation counsel Michael Jean commented, “NRA members and law-abiding gun owners earned a victory today. Gun shops and ranges are open now, and our members in New Mexico can freely exercise their rights.”

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