NEW: @GeorgetownICAP receives favorable ruling in case seeking to stop self-styled private militia group from operating in New Mexico. […] /1
ICAP partnered with @BernCoDa DA Raul Torrez and his team to enforce New Mexico's anti-paramilitary laws against the New Mexico Civil Guard, an unlawful private militia in violation of New Mexico's Constitution and statutes. /2
The court denied the militia group's motion to dismiss, ruling that the DA can proceed with his claims that the group has engaged in an unlawful course of conduct, i.e., /3
Operating as a military unit independent of New Mexico's civil authorities by using or projecting the ability to use force in response to perceived threats at public demonstrations, protests, or gatherings. /4
A protest where the heavily armed group deployed last summer ended in tragedy and chaos, illustrating the danger of this conduct. […] /5
The court also rejected the defendants' arguments that New Mexico's anti-paramilitary laws violate the First & Second Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. /6
ICAP looks forward to continuing to work with @BernCoDa as the case proceeds in the trial court. /end

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