Elon Musk Criticizes New Mexico Governor’s Firearm Ban
Tesla CEO’s Disapproval
Elon Musk has expressed strong disapproval of New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s decision to temporarily suspend the right to carry firearms in public across Albuquerque and Bernalillo County for a minimum of 30 days. In response to news about this order, Musk took to social media to criticize the move, stating that intentionally violating the Constitution is a serious legal offense and questioning the possibility of removing the governor from office.
Emergency Order Following Tragic Incidents
The emergency order was issued in response to recent tragic incidents, including the shooting death of an 11-year-old boy outside a minor league baseball stadium and the killing of a 5-year-old girl while she slept. Governor Lujan Grisham justified the order by citing the fear among New Mexicans due to the threat of violence in various situations. She expects legal challenges to arise but emphasized the responsibility of state police to enforce the order.
Law Enforcement’s Stance
Notably, the Albuquerque police chief, Harold Medina, declared that his department would not enforce the order, while Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen expressed concerns but indicated cooperation. A suspected road rage shooting that claimed the life of the 11-year-old boy outside a baseball game added urgency to the situation.
Firearms Suspension Details
The firearms suspension applies to both open and concealed carry and covers locations from city sidewalks to urban recreational parks. Violators could face fines of up to $5,000 and civil penalties. However, residents can still transport firearms to specific private locations, such as gun ranges or stores.
Legal and Political Reactions
The suspension of the right to carry firearms has raised concerns about constitutional rights and potential civil liabilities. Some critics argue that it challenges the foundation of the constitution, while others question the impact on law-abiding citizens’ right to self-defense. Additionally, political figures have expressed opposition to the governor’s actions, framing them as targeting law-abiding citizens rather than addressing the root causes of violent crime.
Background on Gun Control Legislation
Governor Lujan Grisham has a history of supporting gun control measures, including extending background-check requirements and implementing a “red flag” law in New Mexico. These measures allow authorities to temporarily remove firearms from individuals deemed a threat to themselves or others. The governor also signed a ban on firearm possession for individuals under permanent protective orders for domestic violence.
The enforcement of the governor’s order could pose challenges for law enforcement agencies and may affect existing agreements with the U.S. Department of Justice, particularly in the context of police reform efforts. Additionally, the state Department of Health will compile data on gunshot victims in New Mexico hospitals, providing a detailed overview of firearm-related incidents.