Democrat New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham set off a firestorm Friday in claiming the power to unilaterally suspend gun rights in and around Albuquerque under the guise of “public health.”

Declaring gun violence a “public health emergency” after the shooting deaths of multiple children from July to September, Grisham issued a public health order suspending “open and concealed carry laws in Bernalillo County, temporarily prohibiting the carrying of guns on public property with certain exceptions” (such as police and security guards) and requiring lawful gun owners to “transport the firearm in a locked box, use a trigger lock, or some other mechanism that renders the gun incapable of being fired.” It is slated to last for 30 days.

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