New Mexico Criminalizes Private Gun Sales - Granite Grok

New Mexico Criminalizes Private Gun Sales


New Mexico’s governor has signed legislation making it illegal to engage in private gun sales in the state. It is meant to close one of those loop-holes Democrats like to talk about. One that, according to the new law, does not exist for everyone.

The state’s law enforcement community can still engage in private sales to family members without wading through the new process. Yes, these armed government employees are excluded. Talk about a loophole.

Everyone else has to find a Federally authorized firearms dealer unless they want to break this new law.

As for those pesky opponents, Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham blamed the NRA for the Sheriffs and others who oppose the bill and refuse to enforce it. Many are refusing.

Twenty-nine of the State’s thirty-three counties and their sheriffs are refusing to execute this and other proposed anti-second amendment legislation. Other state’s like Washington, Oregon, and Illinois have counties who have done the same thing.

Grisham ignored the sheriffs’ concerns, tweeting, “A few law enforcement officers in this state have been making noise about how they won’t enforce gun safety measures because they don’t like them. That’s not how laws work, of course, and it’s not how oaths of office work either.”

Law enforcement officers who, by your will, are not even subject to this law. Kudos to them.

And a note to Gov Grisham. Sheriffs swear an oath – not unlike elected officials – to uphold and defend the constitution. That obligation supersedes the whims of partisan majorities enacting laws that can just as easily be thrown out by the next bunch of temps to take up space in the State’s halls of power.

They are under no obligation to enforce unconstitutional edicts but good luck trying to make them do it. 

| Santa Fe New Mexican