ALAMOGORDO - Saturday's planned protest of the Obama administration's policies, organized by the Otero Tea Party Patriots, the Alamogordo Second Amendment Task Force and the Sons of Liberty Riders, will proceed as planned.
The Alamogordo Department of Public Safety approved two permits late Wednesday afternoon - one for the Tea Party Patriots and the other for the Second Amendment group.
The permits were filed Monday with the Alamogordo city clerk's office, then forwarded to ADPS for review because, in addition to being billed as a protest against the health care reform bill that the U.S. Senate approved on Christmas Eve, it also was being called an open-carry event.
According to New Mexico law, anyone over the age of 19 is legal to open-carry a holstered firearm. A person can openly carry in most places, except in a bar, jail or prison, a school and other locations.