Last week, several Second Amendment organizations, gun stores, and individual New Mexico residents filed a federal lawsuit challenging Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s stay-at-home order, which does not consider gun stores to be essential businesses that are allowed to remain open. Even before a federal judge has issued a ruling on the request for a temporary injunction blocking the governor’s order from remaining in effect, however, some gun shops in the state are opening their doors and defying the governor.
The CEO of an Albuquerque gun store and shooting range that has reopened amid a statewide order closing nonessential businesses is defending the legality of the move, putting the shop at apparent odds with law enforcement and the Governor’s Office.
Calibers, which operates three Albuquerque locations, including a gun safe store, reopened using a curbside model this week as of Wednesday. CEO Ryan Burt said the store’s operations are legal because it is following Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s mandate regarding social distancing and limiting gatherings to five or fewer people. Bearing Arms
The second amendment has been a hot-bed of controversy for the left and right to fight over while the nation trudges through the pandemic, lies and propaganda from mainstream media. We have to be grateful for Sheriffs such as Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace.
Bearing Arms reported the following:
You won’t see Cibola County deputies citing any gun shops in the country for continuing their operations, because Mace says those stores are essential.
“People absolutely need to be able to purchase firearms to protect their families, to protect their property, to protect their livelihood, whatever it may be. Just because the virus is going around doesn’t change anything,” Mace vehemently stated. “In fact, when you’re talking about releasing inmates from custody, you’re introducing that criminal element back into the community and they’re going to do whatever they can to survive.”
Sheriff Mace emphatically stated that our right to keep and bear arms doesn’t disappear in a state of emergency, and beyond the desire from many residents to purchase a gun for self-defense, those rural residents may need to purchase ammunition and fishing tackle (also available at the gun shops) to help feed their families by hunting and fishing.
We are seeing ammo shortages once again from people fear buying and hoarding, but at least we have the freedom and rights to do so unlike other nations.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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