People gather for pro-Second Amendment rally at State Capitol

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People came from across the state to speak Saturday because they said they're afraid of their Second Amendment rights being taken away.

Anti-gun local governments punish the people, Gottlieb explained, and he used the example of when Chicago lost a federal lawsuit to the Second Amendment Foundation and the city's police department footed the bill.

The Americans for America rally is being held at state capitals all across the country, where supporters voiced their opinions on the constitution and their rights.

Several hundred people gathered outside the statehouse Saturday.

That's why event organizer, Bobby Lawrence hopes having rallies like this will open the eyes of those who think all pro-gun supporters are against them.

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One was held in Topeka Saturday afternoon, and many supported their right to bear arms.

"We wanted to do something positive for the Second Amendment", said Boyd.

At least some of the impetus for Saturday's rally was March for Our Lives, the March 24 pro-gun control event organized by some of the surviving students from the February 14 shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

The Raleigh Second Amendment rally presented a student, too, 18-year-old Connor Groce from Clemmons. Numerous speakers were politicians or people running for office. "Even Winnie the Pooh owned a personal defense shotgun", read another.

They gathered around 2 p.m. on the south side of the Statehouse. "Why are we not educating our children on firearm safety?" asked Tami Watson, who is running for Bartholomew County sheriff. "I mean there are bad people with guns, but guns aren't bad", said Jim Fulks of Newport. "Our rights are being violated".

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