An Albuquerque gun shop, Calibers, intends to reopen shop despite governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's Public Health Order to close until April 30, 2020. Gov. Grisham had ordered firearm shops to close despite the federal government's directive allowing them to remain open during the crisis.
The gun shop owner, Louie Sanchez, said he would defy the governor's orders because they were overreaching on the constitution. He said he would put in place protective measures to protect people from the disease.
"So, we at Calibers have decided that we are going to open up with social distancing on our range," Sanchez said. "And you know what, we're going to take this fight back to her."
Sanchez said the constitution guaranteed the Second Amendment rights, and the governor did not have the power to prevent gun shops from reopening their shops.
"We feel that unless, somehow, she got a magical power to take the Second Amendment out of our constitution, that we have the right to open up."
The state is already facing a lawsuit over the order to close gun shops despite the federal government's directives to allow them to remain in operation. The lawsuit states that fundamental rights should not be infringed during crises, but should instead be most protected.
The governor reacted to the declaration by Calibers to reopen the stores. The governor's spokesperson, Nora Meyers Sackett, said the shop should only open to serve law enforcement and only through an appointment.
She added that no business had the right to allow people to congregate and infect others.
Sanchez disagreed with the notion that his business was a safety threat. He said his business was taking necessary precautions while contributing to the safety of the community.
"We are indeed doing education courses, just one person, one trainer at six feet social distancing," he said. "And we're allowing for military and law enforcement to utilize our ranges."
The governor is facing pressure from all corners after declaring orders that she cannot enforce.
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