Gun Rights Supporters Are Bringing Unloaded Rifles to Rallies This Weekend

Gun rights rallies describes itself as a collection of Three Percent groups and local militias.

Amanda Cooper
April 13, 2018 - 4:52 pm

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Organizers are encouraging gun rights supporters to bring unloaded rifles to rallies at state capitols across the U.S. this weekend, pushing back against a wave of student-led gun violence protests that some see as a threat to the Second Amendment. A group called the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans spread word of the gatherings on social media. 

The rallies come less than three weeks after hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities to demand tougher gun laws after the February school shooting that killed 17 in Parkland, Florida. It's unclear how many will show up — turnout predictions of national organizers are vastly higher than those of local planners.

 

The coalition behind the gun rights rallies describes itself as a collection of patriotic-based groups that "come from all walks of life, including Three Percent groups and local militias."

Associated Press writers Lisa Marie Pane in Atlanta; Emily Wagster Pettus in Jackson, Mississippi; and Blake Nelson in Jefferson City, Missouri, contributed to this story.