Published September 12, 2023
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s executive order to suspend the open and concealed carry of firearms in her state’s most populous county is blatantly unconstitutional. It’s fair to ask: Is she trying to invent a way for Democratic officeholders to ignore Supreme Court rulings they despise?
Lujan Grisham’s order flies in the face of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, which held that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to carry a weapon in public for self-defense. The governor contends that a recent spate of murders in the state’s largest city, Albuquerque, constituted a public health emergency that trumped people’s constitutional rights.
Henry Olsen is a Washington Post columnist and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He was the Thomas W. Smith distinguished scholar in residence at Arizona State University for the winter/spring 2023 semester.
Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.