Monday, September 11, 2023

No Signs of Cops at Albuquerque Gun Protest


There were no citations issued at the first protest of the governor’s gun ban, but her office says not for long

Days after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a public health emergency that, in part, bans firearms in public—both openly carried and concealed—a few hundred armed protestors descended on the plaza in Old Town Albuquerque. The protest, where uniformed law enforcement was notably absent, was the first of many expected later this week over the governor’s order, which stands for at least 30 days and only applies to Bernalillo County

The lack of visible State Police on sight also meant no citations, even though the governor herself said during a news conference last week that those who violate the order could face a civil infraction. Some of those in attendance scoffed at the notion of a civil penalty for carrying a gun in public and said it was a signal of political grandstanding by Lujan Grisham. But the governor’s office assures The Paper. those citations are coming.

...A spokesman for Albuquerque Police did not respond to a request for comment, but Police Chief Harold Medina, Mayor Tim Keller, Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman as well as Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen all essentially absolved themselves from enforcing the gun ban portion of Lujan Grisham’s public order...more

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