Six New Mexico Counties Refuse to Enforce New State-Level Gun Controls

OREM, UT - FEBRUARY 15: Dordon Brack, aims a semi-automatic AR-15 that is for sale at Good Guys Guns & Range on February 15, 2018 in Orem, Utah. An AR-15 was used in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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Six New Mexico counties are reacting to the state-level push for a red flag law and universal background checks by making clear they will not enforce the new gun controls.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the counties are doing this via “Second Amendment Sanctuary” resolutions. So far the counties of Eddy, Curry, Quay, Union, Socorro, and San Juan, have adopted the resolutions.

Moreover, the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association plans to sue if the red flag law, universal background checks, and other gun controls become law.

On February 10, 2019, Breitbart News reported that 29 of New Mexico’s 33 sheriffs signed a statement against adoption of the new gun controls. CBS 7 quoted Lea County Sheriff Corey Helton saying, “You’re just taking guns out of law-abiding citizen’s hands. This is not going to affect the criminals out there. They’re going to be able to get guns and they do not follow the law.”

State Rep. Joy Garratt (D) is the sponsor of the red flag/gun confiscation legislation. She defends her confiscatory push by claiming that a red flag law could have prevented the February 14, 2018, Parkland high school shooting. She does not mention that California’s red flag law did not prevent the November 7, 2018, attack on Borderline Bar & Grill nor that Florida’s post-Parkland red flag law failed to stop the August 26, 2018, Jacksonville Landing attack and the January 23, 2019, shooting at SunTrust bank in Sebring.

More recently, on February 15, 2019, Illinois’ red flag law failed to prevent the shooting deaths of five at Henry Pratt Company.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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