On Friday, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller (D) responded to Gov. Michell Lujan Grisham’s (D) amended order — banning concealed carry in city parks and playgrounds — by explaining the city of Albuquerque banned guns in city parks three years ago.
He noted the ban is facing a lawsuit:
We banned guns from almost all City parks in 2020.
It’s being challenged in court. https://t.co/ELM6ChcDLA
— Mayor Tim Keller (@MayorKeller) September 15, 2023
Grisham issued her original order banning concealed and open carry in many New Mexico cities on September 8. Lawsuits were almost immediately filed against the order and on September 13, a Biden-appointed judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the ban on concealed and open carry.
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Two days later, on September 15, Grisham introduced an amended version of her order which reduced the scope of the concealed and open carry ban, making it applicable only to city parks and playgrounds.
Keller replied to the amended ban by reminding the public that Albuquerque had already adopted a similar ban three years ago and it is “being challenged in court.”
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