Hundreds of gun owners and Second Amendment advocates rallied in state capitals nationwide Saturday, days after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping package of federal gun-control proposals.
Some 600 attendees in Austin, Texas, carried signs bearing messages such as “An Armed Society is a Polite Society” and “The Second Amendment Comes from God.” About 2,000 people — many carrying American flags and “Don’t Tread On Me” banners — turned out for the chilly outdoor rally at the New York state capitol in Albany.
The “Guns Across America” rallies, which activists promoted primarily via social media, also followed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing this week of the nation’s toughest assault weapon and magazine restrictions.
Republican Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin told the crowd in Albany that New York’s new law was an “abuse of power” by the governor.