Tells Sheriffs to 'Enforce it or Resign'
Over objections from all but a few New Mexico county sheriffs, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday signed into law a red flag gun bill that allows firearms to be temporarily taken away from those deemed dangerous to themselves or others.
Although 30 of the state’s 33 county sheriffs opposed this year’s bill, some law enforcement officials backed it, including State Police Chief Tim Johnson, a Lujan Grisham appointee, and top Albuquerque Police Department officials.
“They have to enforce the law. They take an oath to do that,” she said. “You don’t get to make those decisions.”
Mace, chairman of the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association, said a court challenge will be filed before the law takes effect in an attempt to block it from being implemented.
The Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act, which takes effect in mid-May, will make New Mexico the 18th state to enact such a law.Asked Tuesday about the sheriffs’ resistance, Lujan Grisham said the elected law enforcement officials should resign if they’re not willing to enforce the state’s laws.