The governor said after the ruling that she will continue to press for solutions to gun violence.
“I refuse to be resigned to the status quo. As governor, I see the pain of families who lost their loved ones to gun violence every single day, and I will never stop fighting to prevent other families from enduring these tragedies,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement.
She added that her administration intends to update her order with additional public safety measures, which she did not specify.
“This is a win for all gun owners in New Mexico and sends a clear message to all anti-gun states — Shall NOT Be Infringed,” the group wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
The suspension of open and concealed carry, which would have resulted in fines for violators, was immediately beset by problems. Demonstrators carried handguns and rifles in protest. New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez (D) told Lujan Grisham he would not defend the rule in court because he believed it was unconstitutional. Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen said he would not enforce the ban.
“Is there a realistic way to enforce this order? No, there is not because — we’ll cut that conversation off because it’s unconstitutional,” Allen told reporters Monday. “So there’s no way to enforce that order.”
Lujan Grisham repeatedly defended the order.
“I would love to see the same outrage from Republicans when a child in New Mexico is killed by gun violence,” she wrote on X on Tuesday. “It is unfortunate they are taking this opportunity to spew NRA talking points instead of proposing meaningful legislative solutions … on how we can make New Mexico safer.”
Mark Berman contributed to this report.