People rally for Second Amendment inside and outside Capitol
JEFFERSON CITY —
People across the country gathered to rally for Second Amendment rights Saturday. More than 100 gathered at the Missouri State Capitol to do the same.
Inside the rotunda several people gathered wearing pro-firearms t shirts, holding American flags and some were in uniform - members of the military. One by one those who wanted to speak approached the podium to give speeches.
"They have a belief," Second Amendment supporter Leonard Steinman said. "If they have a belief and they stand up for their belief, they're the best in the world."
The rally was hosted by the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans.
According to the Associated Press, organizers of these nationwide rallies encouraged gun rights supporters to bring unloaded rifles to the rallies. At Missouri's State Capitol, people can only carry guns in the Capitol with valid concealed-carry permits and photo identification.
Attendees at Saturday's rally in Jefferson City were not permitted to open carry. This drew some rally-goers to stand outside the capitol on the sidewalk instead. They said they still supported the second amendment, but wanted to be able to open carry.
"Legislation is a good idea but legislators need to understand the issue at hand which a lot of times they don't, and we all need to make sure that those laws aren't created in such a way that they can be used to pick on groups of people," one protestor said.