New Mexico state reps call for impeachment of governor over firearms suspension in Albuquerque
"We can and will force a vote on this," Rep. Block wrote on X, the platform previously called Twitter.
New Mexico State Representatives Stefani Lord (R-22) and John Block (R-51) called for the impeachment of Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Saturday after she declared a public health emergency over gun violence.
"This emergency order violates the Governor's oath to protect and defend the rights of New Mexicans and is illegal in nature," Lord wrote in a press release shared on X, the platform previously called Twitter.
"The legislature has a duty to intervene when the government is overstepping boundaries, and Governor Grisham's order and comments disqualify her from continuing her tenure as governor," the release continued.
On Thursday, Grisham issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency over gun violence. On Friday, she suspended open and concealed carry of firearms in the city of Albuquerque for a 30-day period.
She issued the order following the shooting of an 11-year-old boy outside a baseball stadium, according to The Associated Press.
Grisham anticipates legal challenges to the order, which applies to New Mexican regions that exceed a certain violent crime threshold.
"We can and will force a vote on this," Block wrote on X. "There is no escaping We The People and our rights that have been infringed upon."