Recent violence highlights gun control issues

Posted at: 06/08/2013 6:35 PM | Updated at: 06/08/2013 10:26 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Recent shootings in Albuquerque and a rampage in California, once again, highlights the issue of gun control.

On Friday, four people were shot and killed in Santa Monica, California. Also on Friday, three men were shot in an apparent drive-by in northeast Albuquerque.

Lines and line of people waited to head inside Omni Guns and Ammo in northeast Albuquerque.

Aside from the grand opening excitement, the people behind the new store said safety is their top focus.

“We make sure everybody is safe. That’s our big concern and that’s what we’re here for is to teach people how to use their fire arms correctly,” said Shannon Gifford with Omni Guns and Ammo.

Teaching people how to responsibly use guns was the theme over at the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office where dozens of people came to learn. Deputy Axel Plum said the class could not have come at a better time.

“With some of the hysteria that’s going on about gun violence, people have to actually feel these and recognize they’re tools and not necessarily weapons; how to understand that they will not just go off. You actually have to have to operate them,” said Plum.

In New Mexico, some said our gun laws are broken. “It’s pretty scary that anybody can just get a gun,” said Sabrina Aragon of Albuquerque.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 also found plenty of people who said they don’t have an issue with people owning guns. It’s more about who is the owner.

Back in March, Governor Susana Martinez and House democrats worked together on a bill that would have required criminal background checks on people who purchase guns at gun shows. The bill was passed in the state House but did not receive a vote in the Senate and did not make its way to the governor's desk.

People with criminal backgrounds are just the type, Sabrina Aragon said, who shouldn’t have a gun.

“They’re out on the streets. People are going to be able to, young kids are going to be able to get them. Can’t we go back and fight like they did in the old days with their fist?” said Aragon.

The governor's office, in a statement, also said she wants further criminal and mental health background checks.

"Governor Martinez supports the 2nd amendment," Martinez spokesperson Enrique Knell said. "She does not believe there should be a loophole where felons or the mentally ill can avoid a background check by purchasing a firearm at a gun show."

A couple of months ago, congress blocked stricter gun laws that were proposed in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre. 

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