New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday amended her emergency public health order to state that there was no longer a full restriction on carried firearms in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, but that firearms would not be allowed in public parks and on playgrounds, where children might be present.
The original health order banning conceal carry laws in those communities was implemented after three children in Albuquerque were killed by gun violence: a 13-year-old girl was killed July 28, a 5-year-old girl on Aug. 14 and a 11-year-old boy on Sept. 6.
“I didn’t have time in a crisis to seek a consensus,” Lujan Grisham said, referring to the fact that multiple law enforcement leaders and members of her own party spoke out against the order, including Attorney General Raul Torrez, who sent her a letter saying he would not represent her office in legal challenges to the order.
Lujan Grisham said that she might have pushed some buttons, but it was “a button that needed to be pushed.”
“If I have to be the only one in the country to stand up for families, for children, so be it,” she said.
Three children a month died from gun violence in New Mexico, according to Lujan Grisham, who said, “We should not lose anymore children in this state.”
Lujan Grisham called the press conference days after U.S. District Court Judge David Urias said the governor’s 30-day gun ban went against a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed people to carry guns outside of their homes for self-defense.
She said it was listening to people in court that made her come forward with an amendment to the original order.
“There was no disagreement in the courtroom that gun violence is an issue,” she said.
The governor also stated she was searching for gun restrictions that will pass legal muster in New Mexico and that is something, which will most likely have to be decided upon in the New Mexico State Legislature, which will convene in January.
“Guns on the street means gun violence,” she said, adding “being mad at me is not a solution.”
Lujan Grisham challenged her critics to present “credible ideas moving forward,” she said.
“We have significant, dangerous criminals hiding in plain sight,” she said, adding something needed to be done and she did it. “New Mexico is a state with real leadership.”
Her leadership, which she said led to an order she believed to be “valid,” in the emergency this state is facing.