While a judge issued a ruling Wednesday that blocks the enforcement of portions of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s temporary suspension of the right to carry guns in public in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, the governor’s ban was still a hot topic at the Sandoval County Commission meeting later that night.
Sandoval County Sheriff Jesse James Casaus kicked off the meeting by making it known to citizens that he would not enforce the governor’s order.
“We don’t enforce unconstitutional mumbo jumbo here in this county,” Casaus said. “Even with a restraining order on the governor’s order, I still want to be here to assure you guys that we don’t even entertain that nonsense here in Sandoval County and even by us, entertaining it, that’s giving her attention, and I don’t even want to condone that.”
Lujan Grisham announced last week a public health order that prohibits people from carrying firearms, either open or concealed, in Albuquerque and throughout Bernalillo County for the next 30 days, regardless of whether they have a permit.
U.S. District Judge David Urias of Albuquerque approved the temporary restraining order Wednesday that blocks the governor’s order.
The temporary restraining order will remain in effect until an Oct. 3 hearing.
“She expects law-abiding citizens to stand down and be disarmed,” Casaus said. “I can’t wrap my head around that, and I can’t emphasize that enough. We won’t stand for that here in Sandoval County.”
The ban has been met with criticism, and state Attorney General Raul Torrez wrote a letter to the governor stating that he will not defend her in any lawsuits related to the ban. Several elected officials in Sandoval County shared their reactions to the ban with the Observer. Wednesday, Casaus had his chance to speak about it.
“I encourage you guys when you’re passing through Bernalillo County, Albuquerque, be armed and granted, you need to be trained on how to use your weapon and when to use your weapon, for your safety,” Casaus said. “You need to be responsible for your own safety. I hope it is common knowledge that I won’t stand for that here or enforce that tyrannical type of implementation of policy orders. I came here today to really reiterate that and remind you guys of that.”
Casaus received a rousing ovation from the dozens in attendance at the meeting following his speech.