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Protest FAQs

Frequently asked questions regarding protests and rallies in the City of Albuquerque

How do I apply for a permit to host a protest in the City of Albuquerque? 

Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor's health orders concerning public gatherings, the City of Albuquerque is not issuing permits for protests. However, the City of Albuquerque recognizes citizens' First Amendment right to peacefully assemble. 

Permits are not required for protests. If you are organizing a protest or demonstration and wish to get information about protesting in the City of Albuquerque, call 505-269-5927. This number will be available 24/7 to provide information.  

What should I do if I witness voter suppression? 

It is illegal in all 50 states for armed militias to exist, let alone be ‘watching’ polling locations. If you do witness groups like these, or any other voter intimidation/suppression, you are asked to call 311 and then call the nonpartisan National Common Cause Election Protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.

Many polling locations are schools and one is a city community center. Please do not bring guns or deadly weapons to these polling locations or you may be asked to leave.

There are 18 Early Vote Locations and 70 Election Day Voting locations across county. For information on where and when you can vote, please visit

We want to encourage everyone to remain peaceful throughout early voting and as we get closer to Election Day.

How can I safely protest during COVID-19? 

To ensure the safety of all participants, please refer to the State Public Health Orders

  • Individuals are required to wear a face covering or mask in public spaces except when eating, drinking or swimming, or unless otherwise advised by a health care provider.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
  • Protect vulnerable populations by finding ways to connect without face-to-face contact.

Who do I contact for help with traffic control and street closures?

Albuquerque Police Department is available to offer services for protests and demonstrations, such as traffic control and street closures. For assistance and questions please call 505-768-2595. 

Are weapons permitted at a protest? 

Deadly weapons, including firearms, are prohibited on city property, including Civic Plaza and other City parks. In an effort to ensure that the ban on guns and other deadly weapons will be enforced consistently, the Albuquerque Police Department announced the following standardized process that it and other city departments will use to inform individuals of the prohibition.

In addition to new signage about the ban at Civic Plaza, officers will take the following steps when they encounter an armed individual:

  • Inform the individual of the ban on guns at Civic Plaza using standardized instructions that apply to everyone.
  • The initial contact will serve as a public safety order to remove the firearm from Civic Plaza, or to leave the premises with the firearm.
  • Explain that if an individual continues to possess a deadly weapon at the location, the individual may be cited or arrested, and the deadly weapon may be seized.
  • Identify available exit routes and explain that the individual has a reasonable amount of time (no less than 10 minutes) to comply with the order.
  • Following 2 warnings, the officer will take police action to include arrest.

The same process will be used by APD and the City of Albuquerque’s Security Division to enforce the ban on deadly weapons at city parks, community centers, senior centers, multigenerational centers or health and social service centers.

Should I have an ending strategy? 

To ensure the safety of all participants, we encourage organizers to have an ending strategy for their protest. Have a plan to help participants leave together, have people walk in pairs and carpool to avoid people walking alone.