New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) on Tuesday signed into law a measure that grants courts the permission to authorize temporary seizures of guns from individuals deemed to be a threat to themselves or others.
Red flag laws have been met with scrutiny from some officials who believe that it abuses a person's rights to bear arms, the Hill reports.
New Mexico Sheriffs' Association Chairman Tony Mace echoed that criticism in a public letter over the weekend that claimed the measure infringed on citizens’ rights.
"Citizens have a right to bear arms and we cannot circumvent that right when they have not even committed a crime or even been accused of committing one," he wrote. "'Shall not be infringed' is a very clear and concise component of an Amendment that our forefathers felt was important enough to be recognized immediately following freedom of speech and religion."
In comments to reporters, Grisham warned that law enforcement must enforce the law, saying “they should resign as a law enforcement officer and leader in that community” if they don’t intend to, CNN noted.