New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham: Tyrant

BY Herschel Smith
10 months, 1 week ago

By now you’ve seen the tyrannical declarations of the New Mexico governor.  Here they are in all of their sordid detail.  She doesn’t think oaths mean anything at all.

I wonder if her husband, Manuel Cordova, thinks the same way about oaths?  Anyway, this declaration has drawn a firestorm of reaction.  I told my family that it wouldn’t last through the week.  In fact, it didn’t last that long.  There are already protests, and promises to disobey the unconstitutional edict, and even more importantly, her own enforcers aren’t on her side.

Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman, who once served as a Democratic party leader and was appointed by Lujan Grisham, on Saturday joined Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and Police Chief Harold Medina saying they wouldn’t enforce the order.

“As an officer of the court, I cannot and will not enforce something that is clearly unconstitutional,” said Bregman, the top prosecutor in the Albuquerque area. “This office will continue to focus on criminals of any age that use guns in the commission of a crime.”

Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen said he was uneasy about how gun owners might respond.

Yeah, he should be.  Next up, on Monday morning the federal courts will face at least two emergency cases from briefs filed over the weekend.  One is friend of this blog Stephen Stamboulieh working for GOA.  Here is the brief.  The second has been filed by the National Association of Gun Rights.

Perhaps the district attorney knows about this and doesn’t want to be responsible for bankrupting New Mexico.  The governor has given every gun owner in Albuquerque a way to make quick money if this is true.


Finally, Fenix ammunition posted a warning to the Governor.  There are consequences to her actions.

For those who don’t grok the big picture, this has all been done under a “health” order.  The controllers got a taste of unlimited power under the Covid regime, and they liked it.  They are addicted to the power and want more.  This is a trial balloon, and the Governor must be disobeyed, stopped, and held accountable.

Other than actual firearms confiscations, this is a recapitulation of what happened in New Orleans during Katrina.  In this case, the stakes aren’t quite as high – there is no going about armed.  But if she could effect confiscation, she would.

On that subject, I sent out an email thread earlier today where I said this.

This is a very big deal.  She isn’t some loose cannon.  They’re probing for weaknesses.
This is similar to the firearms confiscations in New Orleans during Katrina.  I never got full resolution on exactly what happened with Katrina and there are open issues for me on that.

I exchanged email with Gen. Honore and he pointed the finger of blame at the Mayor of NO rather than himself or the NG (who accompanied the thugs who went door-to-door).  He tried to distance himself from it all and said he wasn’t involved.

I met two guys at a gun show in Charlotte who I think were involved as contractors going door-to-door. They were jerks.  The general’s finger pointing makes a bit of sense to me given Posse Comitatus.

I submitted a FOIA on whether the NG troops were armed and under arming orders, and if so, who issued the orders.  Whenever troops are armed, (1) range time and qualifications must be conducted, (2) arming orders must be issues, and finally, (3) the lawyers (JAGS) have to write and train the troops on RUF/ROE (rules for the use of force, rules of engagement – in this case, I suspect RUF rather than ROE).

I never got an answer to the FOIA.  I exchanged email with the state two more times.  The first time someone seemed to take it seriously and told me he would follow up. The second time, he ignored me.  It was never completed.  A number of years old now, it hangs out there as an incomplete FOIA.

Did Gov. Bobby Jendel have his AG issue arming orders?  Did the troops have ammo in their mags?  Did the JAGS write RUF?  Who conducted the confiscations?  Was it all at the hands of a rogue city major of NO?  Was General Honore involved? After all, he is a known gun controller.

Inquiring minds want to know.

This is just a recapitulation of firearm confiscations in NO, but under a different pretext. In this case, no one can go about armed.

The bottom line is that there will be massive disobedience, her enforcers won’t enforce her edict, if they do she be responsible for giving gun owners a get-rich-quick scheme on behalf of the government of New Mexico, she will be in court on Monday, and her state is going to be flooded with ordnance.  She is in way, way, way over her head.  She shouldn’t have listened to the current administration when they decided to launch the trial balloon in her state.

I wonder if she thought about “unintended consequences?”


From Legal Insurrection, four lawsuits filed so far.

Imagine someone thinking that because she’s the governor, she can suspend state laws regardless of the House and Senate. That’s the “republic” we live in.


  1. On September 10, 2023 at 11:04 pm, Dan said:

    This douchecanoe doesn’t care about “consequences” because she isn’t going to suffer any personally. She isn’t going to be impeached, she isn’t going to be charged with a crime for her abusive misconduct, she isn’t going to be harmed in any fashion other than MAYBE not winning the next election. Even that’s problematic. And THAT is why the criminal commie left does the things they do. They NEVER suffer any consequences for their conduct. Till that reality changes nothing else changes.

  2. On September 11, 2023 at 12:27 am, Plague Monk said:

    Being the cynical person I am, I have to wonder how soon AG Garland will be ordering a J6 style roundup of everyone involved at the Old Town Albuquerque protest?:
    For that matter, I can also foresee the Federal Bureau of Incineration boys coming in for a few weeks of per diem work.
    Someone I correspond with in a Warhammer online group who is militantly anti-gun was raging about how either the governor or the president should call out the national guard and put an end to the rebellion. Do the lefties really want to open that Pandora’s Box yet?
    After the 2024 election, yes, but now?

  3. On September 11, 2023 at 12:32 am, Plague Monk said:

    To be clear, I’m glad that there is some pushback on this ridiculous order and I hope that this is just the beginning. When even David Hogg is saying that there is no public health exception to the constitution…
    It remains to be seen what happens Monday. I suspect that the lawyers are going to be busy, racking up those billable hours.

  4. On September 11, 2023 at 3:51 am, WiscoDave said:

    Both Hogg and Lieu use the term “no such thing as a state public health emergency exception to the U.S. Constitution.” Both use the identical wording. Coordinated much?
    Yeah, it sure does seem that she screwed up. But did she? Might her actions be the sacrifice move to open up a Federal public health emergency exception to the U.S. Constitution?
    My rights are not granted by a piece of paper or the edicts of a ruler.
    I think this is only the opening of a broader strategy.
    Time will tell.

  5. On September 11, 2023 at 7:06 am, Joe Blow said:

    If she is not immediately impeached from office for violating her oath to the constitution, we as a republic are DEAD.
    Grok that, absolutely a probe and trial balloon. IF SHE IS NOT IMPEACHED, we are in real trouble. Such a flagrant violation cannot stand un-punished, or there will be no deterrent to future and even more flagrant violations. Frankly she should be jailed, but I digress…

    Now, extrapolate the situation, its not binary:

    1. She is rebuffed, repealed, removed from office.
    2. The courts dodge the issue like they did election fraud and her royal edict stands.
    3. Something in between.

    We all want to see number one. Frankly I think odds are greater than 50%, as this case is so egregious, it appears to be obviously designed to test our reaction. However, are you prepared for 2 or 3? Have you thought what you personally would do?

    I was very close to the edge before, several news items from the past couple weeks (fbi raids, trump persecution) have me convinced the balloon has gone up and our enemy has moved their operations to the next stage. I am conducting myself accordingly. You should assume they have moved on to the next stage of their plans until evidence suggests otherwise.
    Fenix brand you say, eh?

  6. On September 11, 2023 at 9:35 am, Don't mind me. said:

    Why hasn’t the Sheriff arrested her and frogmarched her sorry ass down to the county lockup? Charged with obstruction of justice, violation of civil rights, and dozens of other possible charges.

    The answer is, as you say, this is a test run. They’re seeing what will happen, how we respond.

    If you live in New Mexico, you need to call your local Sheriff NOW and demand that she be arrested.

  7. On September 11, 2023 at 9:54 am, Frank Clarke said:

    Rapidly moving from ‘fiction’ to ‘documentary’…

  8. On September 11, 2023 at 10:09 am, Dirk said:

    I don’t care what official makes such a statement or attempted suspension, I ain’t doing it, not now, not ever. Fucking clowns all of em.

  9. On September 11, 2023 at 10:16 am, Eric Wuest said:

    She will not be impeached. During the covid lock down she had sent the new mexico state SS out to threaten any businesses that were not following her rules. An individual previously in the state government informed me that because the state is currently run by democrats, they will do nothing against her no matter what she does. The only thing going for NM at this point is that she is in her second term and can’t run for reelection.

  10. On September 11, 2023 at 10:21 am, SamlAdams said:

    Trial balloon. Small state that does not figure in national elections and firmly blue. Try it, see what happens. If no protest, rinse and repeat elsewhere. If the currrently “anaphylactic” response occurs, little is risked. She’ll be taken care of by the party for taking the political risk. Damage control is guys like Ted Lieu getting the opportunity to go on record “I was against this” for PR points.

  11. On September 11, 2023 at 2:39 pm, MTHead said:

    Well, that’s one way to stop crime in downtown. Ban guns and watch the 2A protester’s show up loaded for bear.
    Not much gang banging going on around that rally.

  12. On September 11, 2023 at 3:28 pm, Latigo Morgan said:

    I haven’t obeyed any of her edicts yet, and I’m not about to start.

  13. On September 12, 2023 at 7:53 am, X said:

    “As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them.”

    Isaiah 3:12

    This is what you get when you are ruled by women and queers. Look at these gun control states — you have the lesbian in Massachusetts, Hochul in NY, the queer woman in Oregon, the lesbian attorney general and the female governor in Michigan, the homo in Colorado, the fat slob in Illinois, the pretty boy whose wife slept with Harvey Weinstein, in California.

    They’re all either women or decadent pervs.

  14. On September 12, 2023 at 8:47 am, dragonslayer said:

    NRA? Bueller? Oh yeah, shills for the feds.

  15. On September 12, 2023 at 9:29 am, Steve said:

    “Did Gov. Bobby Jendel have his AG issue arming orders?” Just to clarify, Jindal wasn’t gov of LA during Katrina. It was the bumbling Kathleen Blanco.

  16. On September 12, 2023 at 9:43 am, Herschel Smith said:


    Thanks for that!

  17. On September 12, 2023 at 10:23 am, DWEEZIL THE WEASEL said:

    Clear as day: Title 18, Section 242 U.S.C. – Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Authority. But, given the current political climate in Mordor-On-The-Potomac, I would not hold my breath that the local US Attorney would empanel a Federal Grand Jury to investigate and indict this Communist Bint.
    Always remember, these corrupt, syphilitic-thinking Pols are NOTHING without their Orcs and Orcettes with badges and guns. As posted above, there are plenty of cops and NGs who are more than willing to confiscate your means of self-defense at gunpoint. Google The Rutherford Institute. Mr. Whitehead has done a Yeoman’s job documenting the depraved indifference of “The Thin Blue Line.” Stay vigilant, STFU, trust no one. Bleib ubrig.

  18. On September 12, 2023 at 11:17 am, David said:

    According to her, a conservative governor could declare that there is a health crisis due to to few people being able to defend themselves, and he could unilaterally declare constitutional carry to be in effect, without input from the legislature. Some of my thoughts:

  19. On September 12, 2023 at 11:44 am, JOn said:

    “You probe with bayonets: if you find mush, you push. If you find steel, you withdraw”
    following the Vladimir Ilich playbook…..

  20. On September 12, 2023 at 5:44 pm, Ned said:

    Just saw this:

    “New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez sent Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham a letter telling her that his office would not defend her in the four cases so far filed in federal court challenging the Sept. 8 public health order.”,Sept.%208%20public%20health%20order.

  21. On September 12, 2023 at 7:06 pm, Longbow said:

    Re, Ned’s post: they don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

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