ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Protestors armed with signs took to the streets taking aim at what they believe is a lack of gun control.
They marched despite part of what their message no longer being considered by national lawmakers.
Part of their protest focused on the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut and included a poster showing pictures of the young victims killed in December.
People gathered near Central Avenue and Girard Boulevard Saturday trying to keep the spotlight on the debate over federal gun laws.
They held up signs calling for an end to gun violence and the start of sensible gun laws.
Speakers like Debbie Kuidis shared personal stories of loved ones lost because of gun violence.
Kuidis is a retired Albuquerque Police Department officer and gun owner, but she's been fighting for universal background checks since the death of her brother-in-law's sister and her partner in 2007.
She says Linda Gilkey and Nancy Parker Davidson stopped to help a man who had been in a car accident on a snowy night in Albuquerque.
"That person had murdered someone with a gun in Texas a month before, and when they invited him into the back seat of their car to get out of the elements, they started to dial 911 and he shot them both in the back of the head," Kuidis said.
While many at the rally want a ban on high-powered assault weapons Senate democrats removed that from their proposal that's focused more on background checks.
The National Rifle Association says the focus should be on improving the nation's mental health system and addressing sources of violence like gangs.
Despite that ralliers are still encouraging people to reach out to their senators and representatives.
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