Mayor Berry weighs in on president's gun control measures

Posted at: 01/20/2013 6:23 PM
Updated at: 01/20/2013 9:27 PM
By: Staff

Gun control is a very heated topic as a result of several fatal shootings recently - the one in Albuquerque's South Valley is just another example.

President Barack Obama laid out his measures last week on gun control.

The measures  included bans on both military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. He also wants improved background checks.

But some states are already fighting back.

Lawmakers in Texas, Missouri, and Wyoming have filed bills that would make any type of a weapons ban illegal in their states.

A similar proposal is already in the works in New Mexico.

A Republican lawmaker in Roswell proposed the bill.

The measure, if passed, would outlaw the enforcement of federal firearm laws in the state. And anyone who caught enforcing them, including federal officers, would face a third degree felony.

Hundreds of mayors have formed a group fighting for more gun control.

A handful of New Mexico mayors have jumped on board. The group calls themselves 'Mayors against illegal guns' and includes five New Mexico mayors from Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Tijeras, Grants and Santa Rosa.

The group is calling for criminal background checks for all gun sales. They also want a national ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines. 

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry is not on board.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 spoke wiht him Sunday to see where he stands on gun control and what he thinks of the president's measures.

"There are some things in the particular organization that I can agree with particularly the need for federal prosecution of gun crimes, we can do a lot better than we're doing in the country, along those regards and of course additional resources for mental illness," Berry said.

Rio Rancho Mayor Tom Swisstack has remained silent on the issue.