ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A proposal to prohibit firearms on Corrales village property came under withering attack at the council meeting Tuesday, with opponents claiming it was a government attempt to impose tyranny.
The standing-room only crowd cheered, whooped and whistled as councilors defeated the proposal on a 4-2 vote.
The resolution proposed by Councilor Mick Harper would have forbid carrying, displaying or using firearms on specified public property, including the village offices, Municipal Court, senior center, community center, the library, recreation center and two village parks.
It said “the presence of openly armed individuals, particularly those carrying firearms, is likely to cause serious apprehension or intimidation among the peaceable unarmed residents of the village.”
The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action put out an alert about the resolution Monday, calling for people to attend the meeting and stop the measure from passing.
More than 30 people, many of them military veterans, National Rifle Association members or holders of concealed carry permits, voiced their opposition. Several speakers said they were from Albuquerque or Rio Rancho.
They accused the council of trying to violate their constitutional right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.
“We will protect ourselves because that’s what we have a God-given right to do,” said Jon Barrie of the Independent American Party of New Mexico, who is seeking to be allowed to run for U.S. Senate.
Others predicted visitors wouldn’t feel safe in Corrales if they couldn’t carry guns. Some said the measure would open the doors to lawsuits.
Village Attorney John Appel said he believed the resolution complied with the U.S. and state constitutions.
Harper said he proposed the resolution because of comments from concerned citizens.
Corrales resident Sandy Gold, one of only three people who spoke in favor of the resolution, said she had felt very uncomfortable when she spotted a man carrying a sidearm at the family-oriented Father’s Day event at La Entrada Park.
Someone in the crowd booed.
Harper and Councilor Jim Fahey voted for the resolution. Councilors Ennio Garcia-Miera, Hoyt Hart, John Alsobrook and Pat Clauser were opposed.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal