FACT CHECK: GOP Stokes Fear with Lies About Albuquerque City Council Ordinance

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FACT CHECK: GOP Stokes Fear with Lies About Albuquerque City Council Ordinance

While Albuquerque’s elected Democrats have been working to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Mexico GOP is spreading lies about a recent ordinance passed by the Albuquerque City Council. The ordinance gives Mayor Keller the ability to declare a “Public Health Emergency” which allows Albuquerque to access state and federal funds, close schools, and prevent hoarding of supplies. 

Despite even President Trump urging Americans to remain calm, the New Mexico GOP continues to stoke unwarranted fears among New Mexicans. Let’s set the record straight:

NM GOP CLAIM: This ordinance “would again take away our freedoms and our 2nd Amendment rights.”

FACT: This ordinance makes no mention of gun sales or ownership. 


NM GOP CLAIM: This ordinance will “Order the discontinuance of selling, distributing, dispensing or giving away of any firearms or ammunition of any character whatsoever, or in the alternative, order the closing of all establishments or portions thereof where arms and/or ammunition are kept for sale or distribution.”

FACT: That language is included in an outdated 1968 law addressing public emergencies such as riots and looting. The ordinance passed last night makes no mention of guns and specifically bans “the prohibition of sales of any item during a public health emergency.”


NM GOP CLAIM: “Mayor Keller would be able to stop sale of gasoline, prevent you from buying or distributing firearms, and he could even close certain businesses, including ones where firearms and ammunition are sold”

FACT: Mayor Keller released a statement on Monday, specifically saying “The legislation being considered tonight does not ban gun sales, confiscate guns, prohibit liquor sales, nor does it implement a curfew or close streets, and the Mayor’s declaration will not either. Anyone suggesting otherwise is wrong, period. Stoking fear and mistrust will only harm our efforts to fight this public health emergency as a unified community.”


DPNM Chair Marg Elliston released the following statement regarding the New Mexico GOP’s repeated lies about the recent city council ordinance: 

“During this time of uncertainty, our first concern should be protecting the health and wellbeing of all New Mexicans. Instead, Republicans are lying about a City Council ordinance in order to stoke fear and division. Now is the time to pull together as a community and to encourage the rational measures that will keep us all safe. The New Mexico GOP should immediately stop this fear mongering and focus on what’s most important: protecting our communities.” 


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