Michelle Lujan Grisham challenged after promoting gun buyback scheme
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham was recently challenged after promoting a gun buyback scheme in New Mexico. The event is set to take place on January 6th and will pay New Mexicans $200 for their firearms. This was accompanied by an image that stated guns must be unloaded, to allow officers to handle them, and to not exit the vehicle while doing the hand-over. Naturally, this scheme provoked tensions within the state with those who were in favor of the right to bear arms.
Grisham’s statement read: ‘HAPPENING JANUARY 6: Gun buybacks in Albuquerque, Española, Farmington and Las Cruces. Receive up to $200 for unwanted firearms.’
Replying to this, one user quipped: ‘How is this a buy back if you never owned them to begin with? Whose money are you using to purchase? Tax payer money? Why don’t you work on addressing mental illness, being tougher on violent crime and actually enforcing the laws in place, and securing our southern border?’
Elsewhere, another user named Alexis Martinez Johnson said: ‘Is this taxpayer money you will be handing out? Where does this money come from?’
Many of the few hundred replies mimicked this theme, with many questioning who paid for the guns. Not only this but many also claimed the prices were far too low compared to private sales.