New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said state Republicans are raising money on her back, amid her controversial gun order in the state capitol, which has riled the Republican Party, members of his own party and gun rights groups.
“Still waiting for a thank you note from the New Mexico GOP,” she wrote Thursday on X, formerly known as Twitter. “A way to use my call to action on gun violence as a fundraiser instead of using it as an opportunity for immediate action to save lives in New Mexico.”
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The remark came after the state Republican Party sent out fundraising notices related to opposition to Grisham’s order announced last week that temporarily bans the open and concealed carry of firearms at Albuquerque.
In response, the National Rifle Association (NRA) filed a lawsuit Thursday in the state Supreme Court.
“Please rescind your illegal and patently unconstitutional orders and uphold your oath to defend the constitutional rights of the people of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Until then, we will see you back in court,” the NRA executive director wrote -ILA, Randy Kozuch, to Lujan Grisham. Thursday, according to a letter obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital.
On Tuesday, the New Mexico Republican Party announced plans to sue the governor.
“We are taking legal action against @GovMLG and the Secretary of Health for violating the rights of New Mexicans! America is not a totalitarian nation! We will not tolerate the governor’s unconstitutional actions,” he said. -he published on social networks.
As the ban continues to draw criticism, a federal judge temporarily blocked parts of the public health order for at least 30 days.
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Grisham cited increasing gun violence in the city to explain the decision. New Mexico ranked third among states with the highest gun death rates in 2021, according to the most recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The state had a gun death rate of 27.8 deaths per 100,000 residents. Only Louisiana and Mississippi recorded more deaths, with 29.1 and 33.9, respectively.