New Mexico Republican lawmakers are pushing for the impeachment of Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham after the governor signed an executive order enacting new restrictions on firearm sales.
Members of the GOP have accused Grisham of overstepping her executive authority and violating the Second Amendment by signing the order. State Rep. Rod Montoya, the House minority leader, called the executive order a “patently unconstitutional act” and said the order’s provisions “represent a clear and present danger to New Mexicans’ intrinsic rights”.
In response, Republican leaders have begun exploring options to remove the Governor from office. Montoya says he’s talked to members of the state legislature about “what impeachment and removal of the Governor from office looks like” and added, “We have a Governor that doesn’t respect the Constitution, the Bill of Rights or our Second Amendment rights. This is why we must impeach her.”
The effort to impeach Grisham is likely to face strong resistance from Democrats, who hold a majority in the state legislature. Additionally, the GOP will need to show cause to justify Grisham’s removal.