New Mexico lawmakers address governor’s public health order

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Where do New Mexico’s U.S. senators and representatives stand on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public health order?

KOB 4 asked Democratic Sens. Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján, and Democratic Reps. Melanie Stansbury, Teresa Ledger Fernandez, and Gabe Vasquez for interviews – whether it be on camera, virtual, or over the phone.

All five of them turned us down, but some did issue statements.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

“The gun violence in New Mexico and across our country has had devastating impacts on families, communities, and our sense of safety. It’s why I led the effort on the first federal gun reform law passed in nearly three decades. There is more that can and should be done to stem the violence and ensure every American can feel safe at school, at the grocery store, or at the movie theatre. As we do that work, we need to focus on solutions that are constitutional and enforceable. That’s what will save lives.” 

U.S. Rep. Gabe Vasquez:

“Gun violence is a national crisis that is deeply impacting our families, our children, and our schools. We must address this crisis by keeping New Mexico families safe while also supporting solutions that are constitutional and protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. I look forward to working with the Governor to address this crisis while taking the most effective, legal steps to stem the scourge of gun violence.”

U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján: 

“Gun violence is an epidemic in communities across America that has shattered too many lives. For the first time in decades, Congress passed bipartisan legislation to address the causes of gun violence and save lives. While a step in the right direction, it’s clear that more must be done to protect New Mexicans. I remain committed to delivering federal resources to improve public safety, prevent crime, and support New Mexico families.”

U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury:

“Far too many families have faced the fear and grief of losing a loved one to gun violence and we must look at and discuss all possible solutions to make our communities safe. The governor is taking action and starting a conversation about addressing the epidemic of gun violence in our communities. I agree that we must have these conversations.”