New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham To Sheriffs: Enforce State Gun Laws, Or Quit Your Jobs
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation on Tuesday that puts into place a red-flag gun law on the books.
The law would allow district courts, at the request of police officers receiving information from family members or friends, to restrict ownership of weapons if they’re deemed to be threats to themselves or to others.
Ten days after the red-flag warrant is carried out, a person would be allowed to appeal the court order. If it’s still determined it’s dangerous for them to own guns, the court can restrict ownership for up to a year.
The signing of the law comes after a majority of New Mexico counties have passed resolutions declaring themselves so-called “sanctuary counties” — jurisdictions that pronounce they have the legal right to ignore state and federal laws that regulate gun ownership. However, such legal claims are seen by many states’ attorneys general as being dubious, at best.
New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association President Tony Mace has been vocal in his opposition to the law. “We don’t work for the governor, we don’t work for the Legislature. We work for the people that elected us into office,” Mace said.
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In signing the bill into law this week, Lujan Grisham said it’s fine for sheriffs to voice their opinions, but when it comes to their “sanctuary county” status, “they cannot enforce” gun resolutions passed at the county level over state law.
“If they really intend to do that, they should resign as a law enforcement officer and leader in that community,” Lujan Grisham said, per reporting from The Houston Chronicle.
According to polling on the matter, a majority of New Mexico residents support the red-flag provision, with 52 percent saying they’re for it while only 37 percent say they oppose the law.