ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) – There were plenty of handguns and rifles displayed at a tea party protest attended by several hundred people in Alamogordo, but no violence.
Saturday’s demonstration against the Obama administration and its policies was staged by the Otero Tea Party Patriots and a newly formed organization: the Alamogordo Second Amendment Task Force, which conducted a simultaneous open-carry event.
New Mexico law states that anyone over the age of 19 can openly carry a holstered firearm in most places.
Alamogordo Department of Public Safety officers and the New Mexico State Police conducted regular patrols through the city intersection during the two-hour event.
Otero Tea Party Patriots coordinator Don Omey described the protest as loud but polite.
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