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Letter: When it comes to gun rights, look closer to home

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Many letter writers to this newspaper have correctly pointed out that the recently introduced House bills restricting firearm ownership are contrary to the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. But the wording of that amendment has been challenged many times, especially the reference to the militia.

So I encourage everyone, especially our new governor, to look closer to home and read the New Mexico Constitution, Article 2, Section 6, Right to Bear Arms.

“No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms.”

Even the most ardent liberal will have difficulty interpreting this part of the New Mexico Constitution in any other way than its actual intent, that of preventing government from infringing on the citizens right to keep and bear arms.

When Lujan Grisham became our new governor she swore an oath to “support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of this state,” so it’s reasonable to assume that she has read and understands the New Mexico Constitution.

Yet one of her very first actions after becoming governor was to betray the oath she swore.

Neil Binderman
Roswell