SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – As hundreds swamped the Roundhouse to take part in the first day of the new session, there were site visitors that were shut out of the activity Tuesday.
Sheriffs come to the Roundhouse to meet with legislators as well as pay attention to the governor’s speech, yet because they were equipped, they were informed they could not enter into the House gallery.
“We were permitted to go into the Roundhouse yet we weren’t allowed to go down onto the flooring. We were guided to go to an additional space and also enjoy what was taking place from a TELEVISION,” Cibola Region Constable Tony Mace claimed. “That has actually never taken place to us previously and that’s a direct offense to the constitution of New Mexico. Not only that, the constitution of the United States, and that’s just, as police officers, as law enforcement agent, we carry tools. That’s simply what we do.”
Regarding a dozen sheriffs stood together, upset regarding what happened Tuesday. They state they’re the highest possible ranking police officials in their corresponding areas and have an obligation to safeguard people in all times, but felt like that task was removed from them.
“It just makes good sense that if something is to happen, would not you want sheriffs, your police principals, armed and ready to act on this?” said one more sheriff.
A spokesperson with the Legal Council Providers claimed in December, the council elected to ban all tools from the House gallery for all joint sessions of the legislature.
KRQE News 13 is informed the only individuals permitted to have weapons on them during that time is State Authorities and also the Sergeant at Arms.
The constables claimed that a few representatives brought this up on the flooring Wednesday morning, upset regarding what happened as well as want this dealt with.
Roundhouse safety claimed they’re going to clarify if current law enforcement authorities are excluded from that council policy before Thursday’s next joint session.