Gun reform activists to rally Friday in Albuquerque and nationwide

Posted at: 02/22/2013 7:58 AM
Updated at: 02/22/2013 8:16 AM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

On Friday, gun reform activists will rally in Academy Hills Park to call for gun reform in Albuquerque, in New Mexico and nationwide.

They're part of the New Mexico branch of President Barack Obama's "Organization for Action" group.

They are expected to speak out on issues such as the need for background checks on potential gun owners and punishments for inter-state gun trafficking. There will also be a speaker who is a survivor of a mass shooting in survival.

This comes a day after the NM House Public Affairs committee tabled a bill that would have banned future sales of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in New Mexico.

The vote was 3-2 with the committee chairman making a swing vote. It came after two and a half hours of discussion.

The bill's sponsor says his fight isn't over.

"We don't know what's going to happen at the federal level and how that will come out so I believe we need to take action here," bill sponsor Dr. Stephen Easley said.

But Cibola County Detective Steve Chavez says the bill would have hurt his department.

"As a cop, my concern honestly is that citizens will see this as an infringement and they will fight they will fight me my people as we're going and having to enforce," Chavez said.