Gun rights back­ers rally

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NATION - By RAN­DALL CHASE As­so­ci­ated Press

DOVER, Del. — Gun rights sup­port­ers — many car­ry­ing ri­fles and am­mu­ni­tion — gath­ered at state capitols across the U.S. on Satur­day to push back against ef­forts to pass stricter gun-con­trol laws that they fear threaten their con­sti­tu­tional right to bear arms.

From Delaware to Wy­oming, hun­dreds gath­ered at peace­ful protests to lis­ten to speak­ers who warned that any re­stric­tions on gun own­er­ship or use even­tu­ally could lead to a ban on gun own­er­ship, which is guar­an­teed un­der the Se­cond Amend­ment.

“If you have a build­ing and you take a brick out ev­ery so of­ten, af­ter a while you’re not go­ing to have a build­ing,” said West­ley Wil­liams, who car­ried an AR-15 ri­fle as he joined about 100 peo­ple brav­ing blus­tery weather in Cheyenne, Wy­oming, for a pro-gun rights rally in front of the state supreme court build­ing.

Dave Gulya, one of the or­ga­niz­ers of a rally in Au­gusta, Maine, said about 800 peo­ple showed up at the state­house — a gun-free zone — to make the point that “we are law-abid­ing.”

Satur­day’s protests were planned in dozens of state capitols less than three weeks af­ter hun­dreds of thou­sands marched in Washington, New York and else­where to de­mand tougher gun laws af­ter the Fe­bru­ary school shoot­ing in Park­land, Florida, that killed 17. Or­ga­niz­ers of those protests de­manded a ban on as­sault weapons and high-ca­pac­ity mag­a­zines, and called for uni­ver­sal back­ground checks on po­ten­tial gun own­ers.

As­so­ci­ated Press

An­drew Nor­ris of Mon­roe, Ga., stands dur­ing a gun rights rally Satur­day in At­lanta.

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