25 of New Mexico’s 33 Counties Declare ‘2nd Amendment Sanctuary’ Status

National Shooting Sports Foundation

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed legislation Friday to criminalize private gun sales but 25 of New Mexico’s 33 counties have made clear they have no intention of enforcing it.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that 25 counties have declared “Second Amendment Sanctuary” status as a way of affirming that their county governments stand behind a sheriff’s decision to not enforce the gun control.

On March 2, Breitbart News reported that 21 of New Mexico’s 33 counties had declared themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.

Those 21 counties:

  • Valencia County
  • Sandoval County
  • Eddy County
  • Chaves County
  • Otero County
  • Lincoln County
  • Quay County
  • Union County
  • Socorro County
  • San Juan County
  • Catron County
  • Curry County
  • Hidalgo County
  • Sierra County
  • Grant County
  • Torrance County
  • Rio Arriba County
  • De Baca County
  • Roosevelt County
  • Harding County
  • Luna County

Twenty-nine of New Mexico’s 33 sheriffs have also signed a statement against Gov. Grisham’s gun control. And the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association indicated it planned to sue the state if the new gun control was enacted.

Grisham pushed gun control throughout her gubernatorial campaign. On March 29, 2018, Breitbart News reported that she called for a ban on “high magazine cartridges.”

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 awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.


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