To whom it may concern, I am writing this because it has come to our attention that the NM state fair is violating NM citizens constitutional rights to bear arms, on said property. About a year ago, I had contacted your office concerning this, and was misinformed that it was "private property", which was used as an excuse to ban firearms on the property. After doing a records request, it is clear that it is in fact public property. "Thank you for your inquiry. The property located at 300 San Pedro NE (UPC #101805739637410121) is currently receiving a state exemption further identified as section 7-36-7 NMSA 1978 NM Constitution Article VIII Sec. 3. Please contact me if I can be of further assistance. Thank you, Karen Montano Bernalillo County Assessor’s Office 505-222-3721" Under that statute, it is clear that it is public property.
Therefore, you are violating NM constitution article 2, section 4 concerning right to OBTAIN SAFETY
"Inherent Rights All persons are born equally free, and have certain natural, inherent and inalienable rights, among which are the rights of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and of seeking and obtaining safety and happiness."
and article 2, section 6 "Right to Bear Arms
No law shall abridge the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but nothing herein shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms."
I can understand, and even support that your wish to prohibit firearms upon the rides, or in the zoned off alcohol beverage seller locations that are prohibited under state law, to both firearms and to children, but the blanket ban on firearms upon the NM State grounds is clearly illegal and unconstitutional. I certainly hope that you will fix this immediately, and respect the civil rights of citizens of New Mexico.
Your wishes for this to "go away" will not happen, until you comply with NM state law! Thank you for your time.