New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) is allowing firearm businesses and shooting ranges to reopen following a lawsuit filed by the NRA, the Second Amendment Foundation, the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association, and Mountain States Legal Foundation, among others.
The lawsuit was filed April 10, 2020, in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. The suit came after Grisham’s coronavirus closure order omitted gun businesses and shooting ranges as essential, thereby requiring owners to close them.
The suit claimed, “New Mexico’s government cannot suspend the Constitution and Americans’ individual freedoms. The suspension and deprivation of natural and constitutionally protected rights and liberties by governmental fiat is unlawful.”
The NRA-ILA ligation counsel Michael Jean reacted to Grisham’s announcement, saying, “NRA members and law-abiding gun owners earned a victory today. Gun shops and ranges are open now, and our members in New Mexico can freely exercise their rights.”