SANTA FE — The lawsuit challenging two of New Mexico’s gun laws is now on its third judge.
The most recent excusal came when Attorney General Hector Balderas’ office — which is defending the state — bumped state District Judge Matt Chandler from the case.
Chandler is a former Republican attorney general candidate. He ran and lost to Democrat Gary King in 2010.
Earlier, the plaintiffs had used their own challenge to excuse Judge David Peter Reeb.
In New Mexico, each side in a case is typically permitted to challenge one judge without cause or explanation.
The lawsuit is now assigned to Judge Fred Van Soelen.