Pro 2nd Amendment Rallies A Growing Trend at State Capitols
Gun rights supporters hold rallies at state capitols across US.
Gun rights advocates rallied at state capitols across the country on Saturday to make their voices heard amid recent efforts to impose stricter gun-control laws that they fear undermine their Second Amendment rights Fox News Reported.
“Peaceful protesters numbering in the hundreds gathered outside statehouses from Maine to Wyoming to hear speakers warn that any restrictions on gun ownership or use could eventually lead to bans for law-abiding gun owners.
“Gun owners have been portrayed in a negative way and it is our hope that this peaceable rally will show that we are safe, law-abiding individuals that happen to take our constitutional rights very seriously,” Dave Gulya, an organizer for the Maine event that attracted about 800 people, told the Bangor Daily News.
The National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans sponsored the 45 planned rallies across the U.S. in support of the right to bear arms, according to the paper.
“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 joined about 100 people outside the state Supreme Court building in Cheyenne, Wyo.” (Read More)
An estimated 160 Second Amendment supporters rallied in Atlanta, with some carrying firearms, flags and signs saying “Don’t Tread on Me” as they listened to speakers talk about gun rights.
With States like Vermont, signing new gun control bills into existence that severely stifle 2nd amendment rights, now more than ever, the threat of all out gun bans and confiscation is a real possibility.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott enacted the state’s first major gun control measures last week, during a signing ceremony at the Statehouse on Wednesday.
The package of bills raises the age to buy firearms from 18 to 21, bans high-capacity magazines, and makes it easier to take guns from people considered a danger to themselves or others and from people arrested or cited for domestic assault Fox News Reported.
“Under the new rules, people younger than 21 can buy a firearm only if they have completed a hunter safety course. The legislation also requires background checks for most private gun sales and bans rapid-fire devices known as bump stocks.
Scott, a first-term Republican, said the recent arrest of a former student allegedly planning a mass shooting at a Vermont high school, as well as the deadly massacre at a Florida high school in February that left 17 dead, spurred him to action.
But at several points, he had some trouble getting that message out.
“On Feb. 16, I was in my office — ” Scott said, before a protester interrupted: “Smoking a joint?”
“— preparing for the day ahead, when everything changed,” Scott continued, according to the Burlington Free Press. “That morning, I was handed a document containing charges against an 18-year-old outlining his detailed plan to carry out a school shooting here in Vermont.”(Read More)
While the crowd that watched the Vermont Governor sign the bills into reality was a mix of supporters and outraged Second Amendment supporters, there were a mix of supportive signs and outcries from Patriots calling the governor a traitor.
The new rules will take effect at various points this year, with some going into force immediately. Residents who had already purchased high-capacity magazines can keep them — which had led to some stocking up on rifle magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and pistol magazines that hold more than 15, according to local reports.
Vermont’s constitution protects a person’s right to bear arms to defend themselves and the state, providing additional protection over and above the U.S. Constitution’s provisions and associated case law. Gun rights groups in the state have vowed to challenge the new restrictions.