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Governor’s New Order Allows Partial Operation of Gun Stores & Shooting Ranges

Friday, May 1, 2020

Governor’s New Order Allows Partial Operation of Gun Stores & Shooting Ranges

Firearm Retailers Still Not Authorized to Fully Operate

Dear New Mexico NRA Member:

Late yesterday, facing mounting pressure to re-open New Mexico businesses and litigation filed by NRA-ILA, the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association and other pro-Second Amendment organizations, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham extended her emergency executive stay-at-home order until Friday, May 15.  However, she amended the order to allow gun stores and shooting ranges to operate by appointment-only, effective Friday, May 1.  Language from her order:

“Federally licensed firearm dealers may operate to the extent necessary to conduct background checks and to allow individuals to take possession of firearms that were ordered online or through other remote means. They shall provide these services by appointment only. They shall provide these services by appointment only. [sic] Shooting ranges may open by appointment and shall ensure that appropriate social distancing measures are in place.”

NRA issued the following statement after the governor's announcement:

"The governor's announcement today was a first step toward restoring the self-defense and Second Amendment rights of New Mexicans -- rights she unlawfully, unilaterally and carelessly stripped away when she ordered the closure of all gun stores last month. The NRA will not stop until the rights of all law-abiding New Mexicans are fully restored."

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.