Advocates carry handguns, rifles at Va. rally

April 19, 2010
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ARLINGTON, Va. – Carrying loaded pistols and unloaded rifles, dozens of gun-rights activists got as close as they could Monday to the nation’s capital while still bearing arms and delivered what they said was a simple message: Don’t tread on me.

Hundreds of like-minded but unarmed counterparts carried out a separate rally in the nation’s capital.

The gun-carrying protesters in Virginia rallied on national park land, which is legal thanks to a new law signed by President Barack Obama that allows guns in national parks. Organizers said it’s the first armed rally in a national park since the law passed.

The District of Columbia‘s strict gun laws, however, generally make it illegal to carry a handgun, so rally participants there were unarmed.

Daniel Almond, who organized the “Restore the Constitution” rally in Virginia, said he wanted to convene in a place where “we can exercise our rights.” He pointed in the direction of Washington and said, “Over there, the Constitution is being violated in that we cannot bear arms.”

Advocates carry handguns, rifles at Va. rally – Yahoo! News.

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