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New Mexico Gun Bans

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After the New Mexico state Governor placed a temporary ban on the right to carry firearms, the public has expressed their opinions. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham was elected into office in 2019. On September 8, 2023, she released a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, declaring that she signed a “30-day ban on the open & concealed carrying of guns in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.” Many United States citizens are outraged over this bill, claiming that this ban violates the U.S. Constitution. When people say that this bill is violating the Constitution, they are proclaiming that the Second Amendment is being infringed. The Second Amendment clearly states that “a well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” With this in hand, is the Governor’s bill illegal?

The answer to this question is very hazy. Article VI, Paragraph 2 of the U.S. Constitution is referred to as the Supremacy Clause. This clause states that federal law trumps all other laws while granting the Federal Government to be the supreme law of the land. The representatives debating whether the bill is legal refer to the Second Amendment, which should have supremacy over all the land; however, the Governor tweeted that “conceal and open carry are state laws that [she has] jurisdiction over.” On the other hand, Tyler Scaglione, a senior at Olympic Heights, believes that “her actions are absolutely unconstitutional.” Scaglione also thinks that the Governor is disarming the law-abiding citizens rather than the criminals.

While this bill is on the line between legal and illegal, the actual question is if the bill will actually help the problem at hand. The Governor claims that she implemented the bill because of the increasing gun violence statistics. Although this sounds like a good reason on paper, the statistics tell a different story. A study led by epidemiologist Anthony Fabio of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health showcased statistics that 79% of crimes with a gun contained a perpetrator who had obtained that gun illegally. If a person is not stopped from breaking the law by attaining a firearm illegally, what prevents them from carrying a gun illegally? The bottom line of this study is that law-abiding citizens do not commit the majority of gun violence crimes; therefore, removing guns from law-abiding citizens in New Mexico will not decrease the number of violent crimes with firearms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study in 2022 about self-defense gun usage. This study found that guns are used between 60,000 and 2.5 million times per year for self-defense. This range of cases is extensive; however, imagine 60,000 people who could have died if they had not used a firearm to protect themselves. This is the reason why countless people are angered. The bill only punishes law-abiding citizens because criminals have already proved willing to break the law.

The political climate often clouds the view of society. It is obvious that children, or any innocent person, should not be dying from gun violence, but taking away a constitutional right is simply not a suitable method of action. It is an excellent move by the Governor to raise attention to an ongoing problem, but it should not become a political problem.

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    Doris GordonSep 28, 2023 at 4:44 pm

    Michelle Griffine is acting like just because she’s in office for new mexico that it’s also her right to take away our rights . The constitution constitution gives us this right and says We have The Right To Bear Arms. Who is she to take this away. I don’t believe she understands what she supposed to be doing for New Mexican people. I will never give up this right. Not all of us use it to harm others but in fact we keep it for the right to protect our families. What she’s trying to do is giving only criminals their guns . So they can continue doing bad things. So fix it the right way. Don’t hurt all the good in people allow us to protect ourselves but get the criminals off the streets. You know some people wonder just why is it that all these bad ones get arrested yet they walk out of the jail right away. Just to commit another crime. Fix this allow us to keep our rights and take the right away from the bad ones . I don’t even own one but I see with open eyes where the problem lies. She should be looking to find out why there are so many people dieing in San Juan jail.

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    Tuck GSep 28, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    *Talks about tackling gun violence
    *Takes away gun rights from law abiding citizens

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    NoeliaSep 28, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    Who keep voting for this crazy woman? Please stop, get some help and vote more wisely next time. Is time for her to go!

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    Thomas MercSep 28, 2023 at 4:24 am

    The governor finds that the constitution is an absolute she also says that her vows are not absolute. You read the first part of the 2nd amendment but don’t read the rest. The right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed,remember that.

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    Gypsy ChroniclesSep 27, 2023 at 11:59 pm

    Her intention may have been to try and help, but again, criminals aren’t law abiding citizens.
    The Article VI argument of the federal government beingm”the law of the land” fails with the second aspect of Arricle V which states that the majority of States can gather for a Convention to Trump federal law, enacting the will of the states. (Something that Grisham and both houses of this, and 37 other states have failed thus far, to do.

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